Charlie Danielson

Charlie Danielson plays his approach shot on the first hole during the third round at the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach on Saturday.

The 3M Open turned out to be a life-changing event Sunday for 2019 NCAA Division I champion Matthew Wolff, who won the inaugural PGA Tour event in Blaine, Minnesota, with a dramatic eagle on the 72nd hole, and it nearly had the same impact on Charlie Danielson.

The Osceola native played his way into contention Saturday with a 7-under-par 64 and spent most of the day Sunday on the doorstep of a top-10 finish. In the end, Danielson settled for a 4-under 67 and a tie for 15th place at 14-under 270 — seven shots behind Wolff, who edged Bryson DeChambeau by one stroke, and just two shots shy of a top-10 finish that would have earned Danielson a berth in next week's John Deere Classic.

As it was, his 15th-place finish — Danielson's best showing in nine PGA Tour starts — earned him a career-best $92.960. His previous career best was $25,350 for his 58th-place finish at this year's U.S. Open. His combined earnings from those two events boosted him from a tie for 46th to a tie for 23rd in in non-member earnings on the PGA Tour at $118,310.

"I tried to keep results out of my head all day," Danielson wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.golf. "I had a feeling 6-under (Sunday) was what it was going to take for a top-10. But I tried to stay focused on my game."

Five shots behind co-leaders Collin Morikawa, DeChambeau and Wolff when the day began, Danielson opened birdie-bogey before making birdies at Nos. 4 and 6 to inch within two shots of the lead. Danielson made the turn in 2-under 33 after a bogey-birdie sequence at Nos. 7 and 8 and tacked on two birdies at Nos. 12 and 14 to get to 4-under for the day.

Unfortunately for Danielson, he dumped his approach shot at No. 15 in a greenside bunker and failed to get up-and-down for par. He got the shot back at No. 17, but — after flying his approach shot into the back bunker on the par-5 18th hole — was only able to blast out to 60 feet, two-putting for a par to wrap up an unforgettable week on the PGA Tour.

"It was a crazy week, but thats golf," said Danielson, who only survived the 36-hole cut after another golfer triple-bogeyed his final hole to let more than a dozen golfers — including Danielson — ahead of the cutline. "I knew I was fortunate to play the weekend so I wanted to take advantage of it. ... (I) tried to keep my strategy the same (Sunday); one shot at a time. I knew that there would be adversity and I would have to stay patient."

Danielson, who missed all of last year recovering from knee surgery, drew inspiration from Wolff's victory. 

At 20 years, 2 months, 23 days, Wolff is the youngest winner of a PGA Tour event since Jordan Spieth, who had not turned 20 when he won the 2013 John Deere Classic. Wolff, making just his third PGA Tour start, joined Ben Crenshaw and Tiger Woods as the only golfers to win the NCAA individual title and a PGA Tour event in the same year.

"(That was) pretty cool for Matt Wolff," Danielson wrote. "He’s obviously playing tremendous golf and what a way to finish. It definitely gives me confidence but I need to continue to get healthier and build momentum for the rest of the season."

Wolff, who gained PGA Tour membership by virtue of his victory, was scheduled to play in this week's John Deere Classic on another sponsor's exemption, his fourth in as many starts. It is unclear if John Deere Classic tournament officials regain the sponsor's exemption Wolff was to have used and if Danielson, who received an exemption from the event played annually in Silvis, Illinois, in 2016, would be in line to receive it based on his recent run of success.

"Doesn’t look good for the JDC; we tried, though," Danielson wrote. "But I am still thankful for the spot I got in 2016."

PGA Tour: Osceola's Charlie Danielson, Madison native Craig Brischke at 3M Open | FINAL results (TPC-Twin Cities-Blaine, Minn.)

Pos. Player Total Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
Wisconsin leaderboard
T15 Charlie Danielson -14 F -4 73 66 64 67 270
CUT Craig Brischke 18 -- -- 82 78 -- -- 160
Full leaderboard
1 Matthew Wolff -21 F -6 69 67 62 65 263
T2 Bryson DeChambeau -20 F -5 66 62 70 66 264
T2 Collin Morikawa -20 F -5 68 66 64 66 264
4 Adam Hadwin -18 F -4 64 66 69 67 266
T5 Carlos Ortiz -17 F -7 67 67 69 64 267
T5 Wyndham Clark -17 F -3 66 69 64 68 267
T7 Lucas Glover -16 F -9 67 72 67 62 268
T7 Sam Burns -16 F -7 66 66 72 64 268
T7 Brian Harman -16 F -6 65 67 71 65 268
T7 Joey Garber -16 F -6 73 65 65 65 268
T7 Troy Merritt -16 F -3 70 64 66 68 268
T7 Hideki Matsuyama -16 F -3 64 70 66 68 268
T13 Viktor Hovland -15 F -6 69 66 69 65 269
T13 Fabián Gómez -15 F -6 68 68 68 65 269
T15 Charlie Danielson -14 F -4 73 66 64 67 270
T15 Adam Svensson -14 F -4 70 64 69 67 270
T15 Shawn Stefani -14 F -4 69 66 68 67 270
T15 Daniel Berger -14 F -4 68 66 69 67 270
T15 Sungjae Im -14 F -4 65 70 68 67 270
T15 Scott Brown -14 F -2 68 65 68 69 270
T15 Scott Piercy -14 F -2 62 70 69 69 270
T15 Roger Sloan -14 F -2 67 67 67 69 270
T23 Brice Garnett -13 F -5 67 71 67 66 271
T23 Denny McCarthy -13 F -4 66 68 70 67 271
T23 Sam Saunders -13 F -4 65 67 72 67 271
T23 Tom Hoge -13 F -4 68 71 65 67 271
T23 Chase Wright -13 F -4 69 66 69 67 271
T23 Patrick Reed -13 F -4 69 67 68 67 271
T23 Tony Finau -13 F -3 66 68 69 68 271
T23 Johnson Wagner -13 F -2 69 69 64 69 271
T23 Arjun Atwal -13 F -1 65 68 68 70 271
T23 Joaquin Niemann -13 F -1 73 63 65 70 271
T23 Charles Howell III -13 F E 68 66 66 71 271
T34 Patton Kizzire -12 F -5 65 74 67 66 272
T34 Bud Cauley -12 F -5 71 67 68 66 272
T34 Sam Ryder -12 F -5 69 66 71 66 272
T34 Robert Streb -12 F -4 68 70 67 67 272
T34 Beau Hossler -12 F -3 68 71 65 68 272
T34 Bronson Burgoon -12 F -3 73 64 67 68 272
T34 Hank Lebioda -12 F -3 69 68 67 68 272
T34 Kevin Streelman -12 F -1 68 65 69 70 272
T42 Martin Laird -11 F -6 70 67 71 65 273
T42 Ryan Armour -11 F -4 66 71 69 67 273
T42 Kramer Hickok -11 F -3 68 69 68 68 273
T42 Cameron Tringale -11 F -2 66 71 67 69 273
T46 Richy Werenski -10 F -5 71 67 70 66 274
T46 Keegan Bradley -10 F -4 70 68 69 67 274
T46 Peter Malnati -10 F -4 67 70 70 67 274
T46 Nick Taylor -10 F -3 67 69 70 68 274
T46 Roberto Castro -10 F -2 69 69 67 69 274
T46 Corey Conners -10 F -1 70 64 70 70 274
T46 Dylan Frittelli -10 F 2 66 69 66 73 274
T53 Tyrone Van Aswegen -9 F -4 69 70 69 67 275
T53 Brendan Steele -9 F -3 66 68 73 68 275
T53 Pat Perez -9 F -2 67 72 67 69 275
T56 Brian Gay -8 F -2 67 72 68 69 276
T56 Rod Pampling -8 F -2 70 69 68 69 276
T58 Kyle Jones -7 F -2 70 69 69 69 277
T58 Justin Suh -7 F -2 67 68 73 69 277
T58 Zack Sucher -7 F -1 68 71 68 70 277
T58 Satoshi Kodaira -7 F -1 70 67 70 70 277
T58 Curtis Luck -7 F E 68 65 73 71 277
T58 David Hearn -7 F E 70 67 69 71 277
T58 Tom Lehman -7 F 2 67 69 68 73 277
65 Brooks Koepka -6 F 1 67 72 67 72 278
T66 Jason Day -5 F E 69 70 69 71 279
T66 Mackenzie Hughes -5 F 1 67 68 72 72 279
T66 J.J. Spaun -5 F 1 68 70 69 72 279
T66 Stephan Jaeger -5 F 2 69 68 69 73 279
T66 Jason Dufner -5 F 3 70 65 70 74 279
T66 Keith Mitchell -5 F 4 69 66 69 75 279
72 Sebastián Muñoz -4 F 6 70 66 67 77 280
73 Talor Gooch -3 F 4 69 70 67 75 281
MDF Scott Stallings -4 -- -- 70 66 73 -- 209
MDF Robert Garrigus -4 -- -- 71 67 71 -- 209
MDF Ryan Blaum -4 -- -- 68 67 74 -- 209
MDF Bill Haas -4 -- -- 70 68 71 -- 209
MDF Jimmy Walker -4 -- -- 69 70 70 -- 209
MDF Matt Every -3 -- -- 73 64 73 -- 210
MDF Max Homa -3 -- -- 68 69 73 -- 210
MDF Roberto Díaz -3 -- -- 67 71 72 -- 210
MDF Anders Albertson -2 -- -- 72 67 72 -- 211
MDF Tyler Duncan -1 -- -- 70 68 74 -- 212
MDF Anirban Lahiri E -- -- 71 67 75 -- 213
MDF Michael Thompson 1 -- -- 71 67 76 -- 214

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Rob started covering the Wisconsin golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison & has been the only reporter covering all levels of state golf. He joined Killarney Golf Media in Sept. 2015 & helped launch Wisconsin.Golf in Jan. 2016.