Starts: 21st July 2022
Course: TPC Twin Cities, Minnesota
Length: 7,431 yards
2021 Champion: Cameron Champ
Designer: Arnold Palmer
Used Since: 2019
Water Hazards: On 14 holes
Par 5's: 6th, 12th and 18th
Premium on: Approach and Putting
Continue to exercise caution in relation to Covid-19 related withdrawals.
This event follows the British Open so be wary of those suffering fatigue after a tough mental week.
Dry in the lead up to the tournament but showers should arrive Friday morning with potential thunderstorms on Saturday.
Sunny with a max wind speed of 13mph.
Am Showers with a max wind speed of 9mph.
Thunderstorms with a max wind speed of 7mph.
Mostly sunny with a max wind speed of 9mph.
Cameron Champ won with -15 in 2022. We saw winning scores of -19 and -21 the previous two years, expect low scoring again.
Champ only had a missed cut to his name prior to his win here. The top two in 2021 didn't have any significant course form, Michael Thompson finished 85th in 2019 and Adam Long missed the cut. Wolff won in 2019 when nobody had played the course before. You can play well here without having previous form.
Champ had finished 11th at the John Deere on his last start before his win however he hadn't made a cut in his previous five starts. Neither of the 2020 & 2021 winners of this event had posted a top 40 finish in their previous three starts. Recent form is not essential.
Champ was 117th. The 2021 champion, Michael Thompson, ranked 215th in the world. The 2019 champion, Matt Wolff, ranked 1659th!! Wolff had only just turned pro, hence his world ranking, but shocks can happen here.
Americans have won all three events here.
None of note.
SG: Off The Tee
Looking at the three winners, Champ ranked 39th, Thompson ranked 88th last year, whilst Wolff ranked 32nd in 2019.
Champ ranked 92nd, Thompson ranked 33rd and Wolff ranked 34th.
Champ ranked 10th but neither of the previous winners ranked inside the top 50, Thompson ranked 97th and Wolff ranked 64th.
Champ ranked 19th. Both previous winners ranked inside the top 4 (Thompson 2nd and Wolff 4th). Approach play is key.
Greens In Regulation
Mirrors SG: Approach to a certain extent, 26th, 4th and 6th for the last three winners.
SG: Around The Green
Champ ranked 48th. Thompson ranked 104th last year but Wolff ranked 32nd in 2019.
Champ ranked 1st. Thompson ranked 6th but Wolff ranked 59th. It should be noted that Wolff would have ranked higher were it not for a poor final round with the putter.
The 9th is by far the hardest hole on the course. The 3rd and the 13th also cause problems, playing over par.
The par 5's (6th, 12th and 18th) are all birdie opportunities. The 1st hole and 16th hole both played significantly under par last year too.
The 18th is a par 5 and offers birdie and even eagle opportunities (Wolff eagled this hole to win in 2019).
Fast or Slow Start
Champ was 38th after round one and 19th after round two.
Michael Thompson was never worse than 2nd place after any round last year. Matthew Wolff was 49th after round 1 and 35th after round 2.
Two out of the three winners of this event have led after three rounds.
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