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3M Open maintains spot behind The Open in next year’s PGA Tour schedule

Minnesota’s PGA Tour event is set for July 27-30 next year, per the Tour schedule unveiled Monday.

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Fans watch as Jason Day putts on No. 9 during the second round of the 3M Open golf tournament at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota, on Friday, July 22, 2022.
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ST. PAUL - The 3M Open’s spot on the PGA Tour’s 2022-23 tournament schedule packs a ton of meaning, though that won’t necessarily include big names.

Minnesota’s PGA Tour event is set for July 27-30 next year, per the Tour schedule unveiled Monday. The 3M Open again will be directly preceded by golf’s final major of the year — The Open Championship.

That tends to equate to “lesser” fields, as many of the Tour’s biggest names take the week after the major championship off to rest and spend time with family after playing a couple of weeks abroad.

The now two-week stretch between The Open and the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs is largely viewed as a rare opportunity for the game’s big names to take a quick break before ramping up for the lucrative year-end events.

Fewer names will be afforded that type of opportunity, though, given the Tour’s new structure in place for next season. Currently, the top 125 finishers in the FedEx Cup standings earn a spot in the playoffs, along with exempt status on the Tour for the following season.

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But starting with the 2022-23 season, only the top 70 names will gain access to the playoffs and the exemption that comes with it. Those outside of the top 70 will compete in a qualification series in the fall of 2023 to earn status on Tour for the 2023-24 season.

The 3M Open will be the penultimate event of the Tour’s regular season in 2023, meaning a number of players scrambling for points before the finish line will be swinging through Blaine.

For reference, players currently ranked from 65th-125th in this year’s FedEx Cup standings include Gary Woodland, Adam Scott, Daniel Berger, Webb Simpson and Justin Rose — all bigger names who did not compete in this year’s 3M Open but may be persuaded to do so should they find themselves in a similar spot in the standings next season

So while it still may be unlikely that the likes of Justin Thomas, Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy make the trek to Blaine next summer, the 3M Open could be positioned for a deeper field than it featured last month.

One name that almost certainly will be in next year’s field is Tony Finau, the reigning 3M Open champion. Finau followed up his win in Blaine by winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit over the weekend.

The back-to-back victories moved Finau to No. 13 in the world rankings. With the win, Finau becomes the first 3M Open champion to win a tournament after winning in Blaine. The 3M Open remains the last victory on the resumes of Matthew Wolff (2019 3M Open champion), Michael Thompson (2020) and Cameron Champ (2021).

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