3M Open: Fargo’s Hoge back on track back in Minnesota – InForum

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BLAINE, Minn. — Tom Hoge was in shock ahead of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. He had missed the 36-hole cut in six consecutive tournaments, dropping in the FedEx Cup standings after an incredibly hot start to the 2021-22 season.

Luckily for Hoge, there’s a level of comfort that’s just been back in the Midwest. Although he’s technically from Fargo, he might as well be a Minnesotan after winning back-to-back state amateur titles more than a decade ago.

“I love coming back here,” Hoge said after a strong opener Thursday. “I just feel comfortable being in the area.”

That showed over the weekend as Hoge finished the 3M Open tied for fourth at 13 under par. What has changed for him this week?

“I wish I had a good answer,” Hoge said. “It was nice to be close to home again. That may have played a role. »

No doubt his familiarity with TPC Twin Cities played a role in his success. He played the course several times during his rise through the ranks, which resulted in him finishing under par every round this week.

“It’s been a good week for me,” said Hoge, who is currently ranked No. 16 in the FedEx Cup standings. “Hopefully I can build on that for the playoffs.”

It was a perfectly dreadful start to the 3M Open for defending champion Cam Champ. Which makes the fact that he finished the tournament at 7 under all the more impressive.

That score seemed virtually impossible midway through the first round as Champ frustratingly headed for the tee box at No. 10 at 6 over par. Although clearly in his head at the time, Champ slowly got back on track before cashing in an eagle putt on the No. 18.

It gave him some confidence going into Round 2, and while he was still struggling early on, Champ birdied his last three holes to make the cut on the number. He followed that up with a 4-under 67 in round 3 and a matching 4-under 67 in round 4.

Although he failed to defend his title this weekend, Champ will look to make the most of the 3M Open as he tries to position himself for the FedEx Cup qualifiers with just a few weeks left in the game. the regular season.

After securing a special temporary membership for the remainder of the 2021-22 season last week, Joohyung “Tom” Kim still has work to do to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2022-23 season. He finished the 3M Open at 5 under par, which could have been much better if he hadn’t hit his tee shot in the water on the No. 18.

With only the Rocket Mortgage Classic and Wyndham Championship remaining this season, Kim must finish in the top 125 of the 2021-22 FedExCup standings to secure her spot on the PGA Tour next season. He has 327 points to his name after the 3M Open, behind Webb Simpson, who is currently ranked No. 125 with 343 points.

No matter what happens over the next two weeks, the 20-year-old South Korean looks like a future PGA Tour star. He is the youngest player to be granted a special temporary membership since Joaquin Niemann received the same honor in the 2017-18 season.

CT Pan closed the 3M Open in style on Sunday afternoon, draining an 87-foot-7 birdie putt to end the tournament at 4 under par. This putt from Pan was the second longest made by a PGA Tour player this season, behind Graeme McDowell, who found the bottom of the cup 88 feet away at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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