3M Open 2023 Lee Hodges Goes Wire-to-Wire

3M Open 2023: Lee Hodges Goes Wire-to-Wire

For the second week in a row, there was little drama on Sunday when the best golfers in the world played the final round of the 3M Open 2023.

After Brian Harman’s dominant performance at The Open Championship, Lee Hodges won the 3M Open by seven strokes, setting a tournament record of a 24-under 260 and claiming his first PGA Tour victory in the process.

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Hodges, who led wire-to-wire after shooting a 63 in the opening round on Thursday, was on the bubble of the FedEx Cup playoffs going into the event but is solidly in the field now after picking up 500 points.

With the big lead, a huge contingent of fans from his hometown of Ardmore, Alabama, came to Minnesota to cheer Hodges on to the victory. Two shots with his 3-wood on the par-5 12th hole set up an eagle to punctuate the victory and earn a roar from the crowd.

“Those were two of the greatest shots I ever hit,” Hodges said of approach shots that set up the eagle.

After the win, Hodges’ golf coach from the University of Alabama, Jay Seawell, surprised him with a milkshake. That was their tradition whenever the college team earned a victory.

“That was incredible that he was here and that he brought me a milkshake,” Hodges said. “That’s super special and something that I’ll remember forever.”

3M Open 2023 Results

After a trio of 66s, J.T. Poston couldn’t catch Hodges and settled for runner-up. In good news for him, the second-place finish also put him into the FedEx Cup playoff field with one event left. 

Also tying for runner-up were Martin Laird and Kevin Streelman. The three shot -17 for the tournament.

Tied for fifth were Dylan Wu and Keith Mitchell. Sam Ryder tied for seventh with defending champion Tony Finau and Aaron Baddeley. There was a three-way tie for 10th among Cam Davis, Sam Stevens, and Emiliano Grillo.

Beau Hossler moved up 42 spaces to 13th by shooting a 62 on Sunday. He was one birdie away from the PGA Tour record after sinking eight consecutive birdies from holes nine to 16.

Billy Horschel, the winner of last year’s Memorial, was 119th going into this week’s standings. He was in the top 10 all tournament but settled for 13th after shooting a 1-under 70 on Sunday.

Up Next

The Wyndham Championship, which is the final regular-season event before the FedEx Cup playoffs begin, takes place next week in North Carolina. Several golfers will be going into that event looking for a great finish to get into the playoffs. That’s what happened last year when Tom Kim earned the victory and reached the playoffs.

Justin Thomas will be looking for something similar, as he missed the cut at the 3M and is nine spots out of playoff positioning. The 2022 PGA Championship winner has never missed the playoffs in his PGA Tour career.

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