Golf Glance: Dustin Johnson seeks to end drought at 3M Open

7/20/2021 5:29:26 PM EST

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LAST TOURNAMENT: The Open Championship (Collin Morikawa)
THIS WEEK: 3M Open, Blaine, Minn., July 22-25
Course: TPC Twin Cities (Par 71, 7,431 yards)
Purse: $6.6M (Winner: $1.188)
Defending Champion: Michael Thompson
FedEx Cup leader: Patrick Cantlay
TV: Thursday-Friday, 2:30-6:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).
PGA Tour Live: Thursday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Featured Groups); Saturday-Sunday, 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3-6 p.m. (Featured Holes).
NOTES: Dustin Johnson lost his No. 1 ranking to Jon Rahm this week and seeks his first victory since the Masters in November. ... Other notable names in the field include former major champions Charl Schwartzel, Jason Dufner, Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Stewart Cink, Sergio Garcia and Lucas Glover. ... Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker is in the field rather than playing in the Senior Open Championship. ... Sponsors exemptions include college stars Quade Cummins, Ryan Hall, John Pak and Angus Flanagan. ... The event is planning to allow full fan capacity. ... TPC Twin Cities was originally designed by Arnold Palmer, with Minnesota native Tom Lehman serving as a player consultant.
BEST BETS: Johnson (+700 at DraftKings) has only two top-10s in 2021 but is coming off a T8 at The Open despite a 73 on Saturday. ... Louis Oosthuizen (+1100) is still seeking his first win on U.S. soil and coming off a third straight disappointing major finish. He is making his event debut and has four top-10s in his past six starts. ... Tony Finau (+1400) broke out of a minor slump with a T15 at The Open and tied for third here last year. ... Robert MacIntyre (+2800) posted the best weekend score at The Open by two shots. ... Matthew Wolff (+3000) chose not to play at The Open, but won the inaugural 3M Open in 2019 and tied for 12th last year. ... Hank Lebioda (+5000) offers longshot odds as he enters with a streak of three consecutive top-10s.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 5-8

LAST TOURNAMENT: Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn)
THIS WEEK: Evian Championship, Evian-les-Bains, France, July 22-25
Course: Evian Resort Golf Club (Par 71, 6,523 yards)
Purse: $4.5M (Winner: $675,000)
Defending Champion: Jin Young Ko (2019)
Race to the CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda
TV: Thursday-Friday, 5-7 a.m., 9:30-11:30 a.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 5:30-8:30 a.m. (Golf Channel), 8:30-11 a.m. (CNBC)
Streaming: Thursday-Friday, 7-8 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (all times NBCSports app and
NOTES: The event returns after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... The 126-player field includes the top three players in the Rolex Rankings: Nelly Korda, Ko and Inbee Park, along with 15 of 16 winners on tour in 2021. ... Ko's victory in 2019 propelled her to No. 1 in the world, a position she held until Korda claimed it with her win at the Women's PGA Championship earlier this month. ... This is the first in a stretch of four LPGA Tour events to be held across Europe, with a one-week break for the Olympics in Japan. ... The Evian Championship became the tour's fifth major in 2013.
NEXT WEEK: ISPS Handa World Invitational, Galgorm, Northern Ireland

Champions Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: U.S. Senior Open Championship (Jim Furyk)
THIS WEEK: The Senior Open Championship, Berkshire, England, July 22-25
Course: Sunningdale GC, Old Course (Par 70, 6,618 yards)
Purse: $2.5M (Winner: $314,330)
Defending Champion: Bernhard Langer (2019)
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Jerry Kelly
NOTES: Sunningdale was designed by Willie Park Jr. and opened in 1900. ... This is the final major of the Champions season and returns after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Langer has won four Senior Open Championships (2010, 2014, 2017, 2019) and is a three-time runner-up. He hasn't finished outside of the top 10 in the event since 2011. ... Marco Dawson won the last time the event was held at Sunningdale in 2015.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Shaw Charity Classic, Calgary, Aug. 13-15

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