3M Open R1

Fowler tied for lead in Minnesota

3M Open 2021 R1
July 22-25
TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minnesota
$6,600,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

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Rickie Fowler shot a bogey-free 7-under 64 to set the clubhouse lead after the first round of the 3M Open in Minnesota.


3M Open 2021 R1

Fowler’s last win came at the 2019 Phoenix Open and he started the tournament ranked 124th in the FedEx standings, with the top 125 making the playoffs. He has never missed them in eleven seasons on Tour and has two weeks left to make sure he qualifies.

“I know where I’m at, what we need to do and stuff like that. Really just focusing on things we’ve been working on, playing more consistent good golf. More days like today and things will be fine. Kind of keep things, like I said, simple and small, focus on the day-to-day and this week, and go from there. Everything will work out.”


3M Open 2021 R1

He came T53 in last week’s Open Championship at Royal St George’s, finishing at 1-over after rounds of 69-72-75 and a final round 65 that gave him some confidence.

“That [his driving] was something that was kind of holding me back from making birdies, moving forward last week. So today, I mean, going off of what we did Sunday last week, just needed to tighten a few things up. This golf course is fairly generous off the tee. There’s a few lakes, ponds that you just need to avoid. Other than that, it’s go, attack for the most part.”


3M Open 2021 R1

He was joined in the lead by Jhonattan Vegas and local favourite Troy Merritt who fired six birdies in the back nine.

“I’ve seen this golf course now for about 20 years,” said Merritt. “Came to watch the seniors play when I was in high school and got to play it once or twice. It’s just a lot of fun. It’s great for the players, it’s great for the fans, you can make a lot of birdies, the scoring’s usually really low. So, if you like shootouts, this is the golf course for you and you’re going to get another one this week.”


3M Open 2021 R1

Vegas closed his round with a birdie in spite of his approach landing on top of a hospitality tent and being given relief.

“You can barely see the flag,” said Vegas. “We had a number, which we messed up the number trying to play fast. I knew it was going to be long. It was a little bit of a nightmare right at the end.”

Play was delayed for over two hours due to lightning in the area and was called on account of darkness with eleven players yet to finish.

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Scott Stallings reached the 18th in 63 and could have equalled the course record of 62 but a double bogey saw him finish with a 65 and a share of fourth place alongside Adam Schenk and Roger Sloan.

Dustin Johnson’s usual caddie, his brother Austin, tested positive for Covid-19 and was replaced by Keith Sbarbaro, TaylorMade’s vice president of tour operations, who has caddied for him a number of times. He opened with a 70 after four birdies and three bogeys.

“Keith’s worked for me quite a few times; Presidents Cup, U.S. Open, a few events here and there,” said Johnson. “Yeah, we did just fine. Maybe hit the wrong club on a couple holes, but other than that, that was my fault though, I guess.”

3M Open 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
Thru
R1
T1
Rickie Fowler *
-7
F
64
T1
Troy Merritt
-7
F
64
T1
Jhonattan Vegas
-7
F
64
T4
Scott Stallings
-6
F
65
T4
Adam Schenk
-6
F
65
T4
Roger Sloan *
-6
16
T7
Chris Baker
-5
F
66
T7
Chez Reavie *
-5
F
66
T7
Michael Gellerman
-5
17
T10
Cameron Tringale *
-4
F
67
T10
Maverick McNealy
-4
F
67
T10
Ryan Brehm *
-4
F
67
T10
Bo Hoag
-4
F
67
T10
Josh Teater *
-4
F
67
T10
Chesson Hadley
-4
F
67
T10
Nick Watney
-4
F
67
T10
Ryan Armour *
-4
F
67
T10
Charl Schwartzel
-4
F
67
T10
David Lingmerth *
-4
F
67
T10
Adam Hadwin
-4
F
67
T21
Russell Knox
-3
F
68
T21
Louis Oosthuizen *
-3
F
68
T21
Keegan Bradley *
-3
F
68
T21
Sepp Straka *
-3
F
68
T21
Fabián Gómez *
-3
F
68
T21
Luke List *
-3
F
68
T21
Tom Lewis
-3
F
68
T21
Jimmy Walker *
-3
F
68
T21
Jason Dufner
-3
F
68
T21
Doug Ghim *
-3
F
68
T21
Mark Hubbard
-3
F
68
T21
Erik van Rooyen *
-3
F
68
T21
Beau Hossler *
-3
F
68
T21
Brice Garnett *
-3
F
68
T21
Ted Potter, Jr. *
-3
F
68
T21
Wyndham Clark
-3
F
68
T21
Lucas Herbert *
-3
F
68
T38
Cameron Percy
-2
F
69
T38
Jonathan Byrd
-2
F
69
T38
MJ Daffue
-2
F
69
T38
Michael Gligic *
-2
F
69
T38
Denny McCarthy
-2
F
69
T38
Sam Ryder *
-2
F
69
T38
Stewart Cink
-2
F
69
T38
Dylan Frittelli
-2
F
69
T38
Luke Donald *
-2
F
69
T38
Matthew Wolff
-2
F
69
T38
Keith Mitchell
-2
F
69
T38
Matt Kuchar *
-2
F
69
T38
J.T. Poston
-2
F
69
T38
Brandt Snedeker *
-2
F
69
T38
Camilo Villegas *
-2
F
69
T38
Vincent Whaley
-2
F
69
T38
Scott Brown *
-2
F
69
T38
Hank Lebioda *
-2
F
69
T38
Gary Woodland *
-2
F
69
T38
Steve Stricker
-2
F
69
T38
Kevin Tway
-2
F
69
T38
Rafa Cabrera Bello
-2
F
69
T38
Ben Martin *
-2
F
69
T38
K.H. Lee
-2
F
69
T38
Cameron Champ
-2
F
69
T38
Brian Gay
-2
F
69
T64
Sergio Garcia *
-1
F
70
T64
Dustin Johnson *
-1
F
70
T64
Peter Malnati *
-1
F
70
T64
Bo Van Pelt
-1
F
70
T64
Joel Dahmen
-1
F
70
T64
Mito Pereira *
-1
F
70
T64
John Pak *
-1
F
70
T64
Chris Kirk
-1
F
70
T64
Brandon Hagy *
-1
F
70
T64
James Hahn
-1
F
70
T64
D.A. Points *
-1
F
70
T64
Nate Lashley
-1
F
70
T64
Adam Long *
-1
F
70
T64
Brian Stuard
-1
F
70
T64
Patrick Reed
-1
F
70
T64
Matt Every *
-1
F
70
T64
Kyle Stanley *
-1
F
70
T64
Joseph Bramlett
-1
17
T64
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
-1
17
T83
Shawn Stefani
E
F
71
T83
Zack Sucher
E
16
T83
Norman Xiong *
E
F
71
T83
John Huh *
E
F
71
T83
Cam Davis
E
F
71
T83
Ben Taylor *
E
F
71
T83
Tyler McCumber *
E
F
71
T83
Michael Kim *
E
F
71
T83
Johnson Wagner *
E
F
71
T83
Sung Kang
E
F
71
T83
Hunter Mahan
E
F
71
T83
Bronson Burgoon *
E
F
71
T83
David Hearn *
E
F
71
T83
Robert Streb
E
F
71
T83
Patrick Rodgers *
E
F
71
T83
Ryan Blaum *
E
F
71
T83
Bill Haas *
E
F
71
T83
Rob Oppenheim
E
F
71
T83
Kevin Stadler *
E
F
71
T83
Greg Chalmers
E
F
71
T103
Andrew Landry *
1
F
72
T103
Tony Finau *
1
F
72
T103
Bubba Watson *
1
F
72
T103
Scott Piercy
1
F
72
T103
Robert MacIntyre
1
F
72
T103
Charles Howell III *
1
F
72
T103
Patton Kizzire *
1
F
72
T103
Pat Perez *
1
F
72
T103
Sean O’Hair
1
F
72
T103
Ricky Barnes
1
F
72
T103
Angus Flanagan
1
F
72
T103
Vaughn Taylor *
1
F
72
T103
D.J. Trahan *
1
F
72
T103
Brandon Stone
1
F
72
T103
Tyler Duncan
1
F
72
T103
Lanto Griffin
1
F
72
T103
Scott Harrington
1
F
72
T103
Michael Thompson
1
F
72
T103
Brendon Todd *
1
F
72
T103
Satoshi Kodaira *
1
F
72
T103
Harry Higgs
1
F
72
T103
Aaron Baddeley *
1
F
72
T103
Stephen Stallings Jr.
1
17
T126
Brent Snyder
2
16
T126
Sebastian Cappelen *
2
16
T126
Matthew NeSmith *
2
F
73
T126
Justin Quiban
2
F
73
T126
Chase Seiffert *
2
F
73
T126
Grayson Murray
2
F
73
T126
Will Gordon
2
F
73
T126
Austin Eckroat
2
F
73
T126
J.J. Spaun
2
F
73
T126
Martin Trainer
2
F
73
T126
Richy Werenski
2
F
73
T137
Emiliano Grillo
3
F
74
T137
Tom Hoge
3
F
74
T137
Rhein Gibson *
3
F
74
T137
Ryan Moore
3
F
74
T137
Robby Shelton
3
F
74
T137
Ryan Hall (a) *
3
16
T137
Quade Cummins *
3
F
74
T137
Kris Ventura *
3
F
74
T137
Tom Lovelady *
3
F
74
T137
Mark Anderson
3
17
147
Ben Crane *
4
F
75
T148
Andrew Putnam *
5
F
76
T148
Rafael Campos
5
16
T148
Wes Roach *
5
F
76
151
Nelson Ledesma *
6
F
77
T152
Byeong Hun An
7
F
78
T152
Austin Cook *
7
F
78
T152
John Senden *
7
F
78
155
Dominic Bozzelli
8
F
79
W/D
Sangmoon Bae
E
* Player started on the back nine

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