Hollis Cavner said LIV Golf defections figure to impact the entry list in Blaine, but the tournament continues to push to attract top talent.
Already aggressively recruiting players for his July tournament, 3M Open executive director Hollis Cavner acknowledged
Monday the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf that debuts Thursday will impact his 156-man field that comes to TPC Twin Cities.
"Anytime there's competition, let's face it, it affects everybody," he said. "Will we lose some players to it? We probably will."
ix-time major winner Phil Mickelson and world No. 15-ranked Dustin Johnson reportedly will receive $100 million-plus deals to join the new tour,
which begins Friday near London. Its commissioner is Greg Norman.
Both Johnson and Mickelson have played the 3M Open — as have new LIV Golf players
and major champs Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia and Charl Schwartzel, among others. This summer's event in Blaine is July 18-24.
"They all played here, we lost those guys for sure," Cavner said. "DJ always comes here. We expected him this year, too.
We're recruiting like crazy. Hopefully, it doesn't hurt us.
Cavner said he and his Pro Links company employees "reached out" to Mickelson, but didn't get a reply.
He said Mickelson "is more than welcome here" if he didn't join the new league.
Mickelson didn't play in the Masters in April or defend his PGA Championship title in May.
He posted on social media Monday he's ready to play again, with LIV Golf.
He said, "I also intend to play the majors."