Patrick Reed rounds out quality 3M Open field

The 3M Open received a strong late addition to its field Friday when Patrick Reed committed to play in next week’s PGA Tour event shortly after missing the 36-hole cut at The Open championship.

The 2018 Masters champion entered this week as the No. 9 player in the world, making him the second of two top 10 players in next week’s field — officially released Friday afternoon — alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Also in the field is No. 13 Louis Oosthuizen, who leads The Open by two shots through two rounds after he finished in second place earlier this season in both the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open. The other top-20 player in the field is Tony Finau, who finished in a tie for third last year in Blaine.

Pair those four top talents with other popular names such as Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson, and the 3M Open netted a fairly strong field in a year when the schedule was not friendly.

The event was sandwiched between The Open and the Olympics, instantly removing many of the world’s top players — including the likes of Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau, who are likely to return to TPC Twin Cities in the future — from possibly playing in Minnesota this summer.

But players like Jason Kokrak and Stewart Cink, both of whom have won twice on the PGA Tour this season alone, will be here. As will locals such as Spring Lake Park High School graduate Troy Merritt and Gophers alum Erik van Rooyen. Inaugural 3M Open winner Matthew Wolff is back for a third straight year. Other notable players in the field include Matt Kuchar and 2019 U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland.

And those who miss Minnesota being an annual Champions Tour stop can see that tour’s current top player — 54-year-old Steve Stricker, a Wisconsin native — tee it up at TPC Twin Cities.

Check out the entire field here.

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