Sport PGA Tour rookie doubles last to miss Wyndham cut, likely playoffs
2022 3M Open prize money payouts for each PGA Tour player at TPC Twin Cities
Tony Finau is leaving Minnesota a richer man than when he got there. He played brilliantly on Sunday during the final round of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota, carding a 4-under 67 to capture his third career PGA Tour title. He trailed by five s hots entering his last 18 holes, marking the biggest comeback on the PGA Tour since Sam Burns came from seven shots behind at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Scott Piercy, who led by four shots entering the final round, carded a 5-over 76, struggling on the back nine, finishing tied for fourth. Finau is taking home a check worth $1.35 million.
When play was suspended Friday evening at the Wyndham Championship, Austin Smotherman had a 12-foot birdie putt marked at the par-4 eighth, his penultimate hole of the second round, for a chance to move one shot clear of the cut line.
By the time Smotherman completed his round Saturday morning, his season was likely over, too.
The 28-year-old PGA Tour rookie, who entered the regular-season finale this week at Sedgefield Country Club barely holding onto a playoff berth at No. 125 in FedExCup points, missed the birdie putt before capping a 6-over 76 with a double bogey to finish at 1 over, two shots off the cut.
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Smotherman, who played his college golf with Bryson DeChambeau at SMU, hit the fairway at the par-4 ninth, but he then fanned his approach right of the green and into the second cut before hitting a poor chip 33 feet past the hole. It took him three putts from there.
Going into Saturday’s third round, Smotherman was projected to drop from No. 125 to No. 129 and out of the playoffs, which begin next week in Memphis. While there is a slim chance Smotherman could move back into the playoffs, he'd need a ton of help, so he'd almost surely headed back to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, where he can keep his card. If he doesn't play well there, he'll still have limited status out of the Nos. 126-150 category.
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year betting odds and prediction
The top of the NFL Draft was loaded with defenders, making this an intriguing award to find a bet in. Here are the top 15 on the board, odds courtesy of DraftKings. Aidan Hutchinson (+550) Kayvon Thibodeaux (+550) Travon Walker (+750) Quay Walker (+800) Kyle Hamilton (+800) Derek Stingley Jr. (+1000) Ahmad Gardner (+1000) Jermaine Johnson II (+1000) Devin Lloyd (+1000) Nakobe Dean (+1200) Jordan Davis (+1400) Trent McDuffie (+1600) George Karlaftis (+1600) Kaiir Elam (+2000) Andrew Booth Jr. (+2200) The first five picks in this past NFL Draft were all defensive players, with 16 total selected in the first round.
Here’s a look at the projected movement in and out at the halfway point:
- Rickie Fowler (MC): 123 -> 127
- Matt Wallace (MC): 124 -> 128
- Smotherman (MC): 125 -> 129
- Max McGreevy (T-15): 126 -> 122
- Brian Stuard (T-7): 137 -> 124
- Ryan Moore (T-1): 183 -> 68
Webb Simpson, who withdrew during Friday evening’s weather suspension, is projected to fall from No. 117 to No. 123 at the moment. Nick Taylor, currently T-50, is the current No. 125 aftter starting the week at No. 120.
Martin Trainer began the tournament at No. 135 and is now projected to move up to No. 126 as he’s T-10 after 36 holes.
Zach Johnson, Harry Higgs and Rory Sabbatini are among those outside the top 125 who made the Wyndam cut and are still alive to move into the playoff picture.
Eleven LIV players file suit again PGA Tour; three looking to get into playoffs .
Eleven LIV Golf players have filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, with three wanting to compete in the playoffs. “It’s an attempt to use the Tour platform to promote themselves and to freeride on your benefits and efforts. To allow reentry into our events compromises the Tour and the competition, to the detriment of our organization, our players, our partners and our fans,” read a memo from Tour commissioner Jay Monahan that was sent to players Wednesday. “The lawsuit they have filed somehow expects us to believe the opposite, which is why we intend to make our case clearly and vigorously.