ST. PAUL — For the second time in 10 days, the PGA Tour revised its season schedule. But again, the 3M Open’s date remains unchanged. The Tour event is still scheduled for the week of July 20-26 and, as of now, still open to spectators.
The latest PGA Tour revision shuffled a few more dates and moved the Tour’s re-start back three weeks. The first event is slated to be the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, from June 11-14. That event and each of the next three — the RBC Heritage, the Travelers Championship and the Rocket Mortgage Classic — are all scheduled to be played without fans.
The first event to welcome back fans as of now is the John Deere Classic, played from July 9-12 in Silvis, Ill., three weeks before the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.
Under the previously revised schedule, Minnesota’s event was sandwiched between two open dates, which set it up well to pick up many of the Tour’s top names. But the new schedule now has the Memorial directly in front of it, and is immediately followed by the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational — a pair of high-profile events. But playing between those two events still isn’t as daunting as what the 3M Open was battling against in the original schedule, when it was sandwiched by The Open Championship and the Olympics.
Ten days ago, 3M Open executive director Hollis Cavner said the tournament was going to have “a tremendous field,” adding it already had “big names committed to us.”
“Let’s put it this way,” he said, “we’re in great shape in the Top 5.”
That could still be the case. The Memorial is played in Ohio, making the travel to the Twin Cities relatively easy for players. And it is possible a number of players would forego the WGC event to take a week off leading up to the PGA Championship from Aug. 6-9.