A PGA Tour star that Minnesota golf fans remember well, reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed, has put the new 3M Open on his summer schedule.
Reed will be the second player to commit to the event that begins at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine on July 4, a tour source said Monday. Bryson DeChambeau, a winner four times in 2018 and the world’s fifth-ranked golfer, was the first to commit, last month.
Reed starred at the 2016 Ryder Cup won by his U.S. team at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, compiling a 3-1-1 record while playing all five sessions. Included was an important victory teamed with Jordan Spieth over Europe’s Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson in a Saturday afternoon four-ball match and an unforgettable duel in Sunday singles when he beat Rory McIlroy 1 up.
Nicknamed Captain America for his success in international team competition, Reed is 15th in the Official World Golf Rankings. He won his first major championship at Augusta last April and more recently, tied for second behind Danny Willett at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in November.
Reed tied for 25th Sunday at 2-under par in the 32-player Sentry Tournament of Champions, 2019’s first event for 2018 tournament winners only in Hawaii.
Reed, 28, and fellow 20-something star DeChambeau are the first two notable PGA Tour names expected to play in the first PGA Tour event held in Minnesota in 50 years. DeChambeau won four times in 2018 and is ranked fifth in the world.
The 3M Open makes its debut this summer in place of the Champions Tour’s longtime 3M Championship held there and at Bunker Hills these past 25 years.