There weren’t quite as many fireworks in Round 2 on Friday as there were in Round 1 on Thursday at the 3M Open. We still have plenty of interesting storylines going into the weekend at TPC Twin Cities, however, including what would be a monumental bounceback from somebody who melted a bit coming home last weekend at the Memorial.
Let’s jump into the leaderboard for Round 2 and take a look at what to watch for in the third round.
T1. Richy Werenski, Michael Thompson (-12) — The primary question I got on Friday was which (if any!) of these players had the most staying power. To me, it’s Thompson for myriad reasons. He’s had a solid career in which he’s won before (2013 Honda Classic) and finished runner-up at a major (2012 U.S. Open). But even more than that, his statistical profile this week is one that is more sustainable. Yes, he’s putting it out of his mind, but he’s also striking the ball well, too. Werenski’s 11 strokes gained are more the result of simply having a scorching putter. That’s not as likely to last on Saturday and Sunday.
T3. Tony Finau, Talor Gooch (-11) — Speaking of lasting on Saturday and Sunday … Tony Finau has a big weekend on deck. Here are the facts: Of the big names still in the field at this tournament, Finau is playing (by far) the best golf. So what’s rolling through the mind on Saturday and Sunday afternoon? What’s in the well when you go to it late on each day? Finau getting rid of his caddie after last week tells me he knows something (something!) needs to change and that he needs to go grab a good win. So, that’s promising. He might not do it in the end, but you’d still like to some fight from somebody who — despite his outrageous talent — sort of rolled over last weekend at Muirfield Village. He has 33 top-10 finishes over the last four years and zero wins. Time to go get one against a field you should beat.
T6. Cameron Davis, Matthew Wolff (-9) — Wolff’s tee-to-green game faded a bit on Friday, but I doubt that happens two days in a row. He was buoyed by a great putter in Round 2, which could be his salvation this week when he looks back on how he constructed a four-round run at repeating his first win on Tour. This event needs a bit of juice, and Wolff will be happy to oblige on Saturday and Sunday. He could become the youngest player to win an event in two straight years in over a century.
MC. Brooks Koepka (-1) — The four-time major winner looked miserable on Friday — tossing clubs, working on his knee and generally having a no-good-very-bad time playing golf. It was painful to watch. He made a 38-foot birdie putt on Friday and still finished nearly last in putting for the week. There are some issues to work out before he plays for his third straight PGA Championship here in two weeks, and I’m not sure simply playing more golf at next week’s WGC event in Memphis is going to help solve those issues. This is his second missed cut in his last three events.
MC. Tommy Fleetwood (+1) — It’s been a disappointing re-entry to the Tour for Fleetwood who, in a very off-brand move for him, lost strokes to the field on both Thursday and Friday with his approach shots. It’s easy to explain this away as knocking the rust off but, remember, before the Tour paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fleetwood missed the cut (badly) at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and shot 78 in Round 1 of the Players Championship. His golf has been subpar in three straight tournaments.
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Brooks needs to birdie the last to get inside the cut line, and his tee ball is in some pretty deep rough. Not looking great for him at the moment.
Talor Gooch quietly having himself a great round. He’s 6-under on the day and bogey-free, now just one stroke off the lead.
Tony Finau’s caddy’s legs are absolutely cooked. Red as roses. Poor fella.
Brooks is -1 right now with three holes left. He likely needs to get to -2 to make the cut.
Tony Finau hasn’t crushed today, but he’s been steady. At 3-under on the day, he finds himself at 9-under on the tournament and just three strokes off the lead with four to go.
How about this from Brooks. He needs a couple more to make the cut.
Not a good sign for Brooks Koepka: As he began to walk off the green on 13, he bent over for a not-insignificant amount of time to give care to what appeared to be his left knee. No noticeable limp, but the left knee has been giving him trouble.
66 golfers right now at 2-under or better, where the projected cut line going into the weekend sits. Among those on the fringe:
Tommy Fleetwood (Even)
Bubba Watson (-1)
Brooks Koepka (Even)
Keith Mitchell (-2)
Si Woo Kim (-2)
Koepka remains struggling, and Fleetwood is a little bit too. Both have some real work to do over the final 7-8 holes just to have a Saturday tee time.
Tony Finau is making the turn, after a par on the ninth, sitting at 2-under on the day and 8-under on the weekend.
Tommy Fleetwood pars the ninth as well and makes the turn at even-par on the day and weekend.
Tony just made a bogey at the par-3 8th hole. Still at -8 but a bit of a bummer after he birdied the hole on Thursday.