BLAINE, Minn. -- Charlie Danielson of Osceola, Wis., expected to spend much of Sunday night watching his phone. His tie for 15th place at the inaugural 3M Open complicated the next week of his life.
His best finish in 10 career starts on the PGA Tour gives him multiple options on where to play next — or perhaps no options at all.
Because of recent knee surgery, the 25-year-old former University of Illinois star has no status on any tour this year. Not the PGA Tour. Not the Korn Ferry Tour. Not any mini-tour on the continent.
He’s the ultimate week-to-week golfer.
He is planning on playing a Canadian Tour event this week. Or he might get a last-minute spot in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in Iowa, if one opens up in the next couple of days. Or he might just stay home with the family and rest up after a pretty busy month of golf.
Danielson’s 67 on Sunday followed rounds of 73, 66 and 64 at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. It was a thrill to get to play such a big event so close to home; Osceola is about 50 miles east of the Twin Cities near the Wisconsin border. He earned $92,960 this week, also a career high.
He figures about 100 people from Osceola turned out to watch him this week.
“They were yelling my name and talking to me between holes,” he said of his neighbors. “It was a lot of fun out there.”
This week — and last month’s top-60 finish at the U.S. Open — reminded Danielson that he indeed has the game to compete on the PGA Tour. All he’s got to do now is earn his tour card. He restarts that process this fall by trying to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour (formerly Web.com). If all goes as planned, then he’s on to the PGA Tour.
“Everything I’m doing now is just building up for that,” Danielson said of the Korn Ferry qualifying series. “I feel like I’ve got a fresh slate. No playing status anywhere, it’s refreshing, but also hard.”
Former Spring Lake Park High School and Winona State standout Troy Merritt tied for seventh place at 16 under par. He shot 68 on Sunday, mixing five birdies with two bogeys.
Tom Hoge, a two-time Minnesota state amateur champion from Fargo, N.D., tied for 23rd at 4 under. He shot 67 on Sunday.
Tom Lehman, the 60-year-old Minnesotan who redesigned TPC Twin Cities to fit tour players, tied for 58th at 7 under after a final-round 72.
TPC’S number: 62
The TPC Twin Cities gave up a round of 9-under 62 on each of the four days of the tournament. Lucas Glover did the honors on Sunday, shooting the best round of the day to move into a tie for seventh. Other 62s this week came from Scott Piercy on Thursday, Bryson DeChambeau on Friday and Matt Wolff on Saturday.
“It’s not easy, but there’s just so many birdie holes, there’s so many wedges, and the greens and the conditions are so good that there’s going to be a lot of birdies,” Glover said of the course.