3M Open Recap: Thompson Takes It Down

3M Open Recap: Thompson Takes It Down

This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.

Based on the world rankings, Tony Finau – at No. 17 – was clearly the best golfer playing the weekend at the 3M Open. But the best player based on what happened on the course was clearly Michael Thompson – the 218th-ranked player in the world.

Much of Golf Twitter expected this would be the week of Finau's first full-fledged PGA Tour win, and even more so after Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey all bowed out early. But Thompson made only three bogeys in methodically taking four trips around TPC Twins Cities to win for the first time in seven years. 

More on Finau in a minute.

For Thompson, this was a career-rejuvenating win. He's 35 years old. His win qualified him for the WGC event this week in Memphis, the PGA Championship next week and the U.S. Open in September, not to mention the 2021 – but not the 2020 edition – Masters. He's back in the top 100 of the OWGR, at No. 99, for the first time in six years.

His path to victory was simply masterful. While he ranked a below-average 51st in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee, he was first in SG: Approach, second in scrambling and first in SG: Putting. Wow.

So you look at that and ask, rightfully so, how come he hasn't won more? This was his 228th career start and his only other win came at the 2013 Honda Classic. He had notched all of 17 top-10s

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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