Angus Flanagan will make his third PGA Tour start at this week’s 3M Open, after playing in last year’s event and appearing in the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles earlier this season.

This time, if Flanagan manages to make the 36-hole cut, he’ll receive a nice payday.

Because this time, Flanagan, in this week’s event on a sponsor’s exemption, will tee it up as a professional.

Flanagan turned pro at the start of the summer, taking advantage of the PGA Tour U program that entered him onto the PGA’s Forme Tour, where Flanagan has played a pair of events but has yet to make a cut. The same is true of his young PGA Tour career.

But Flanagan hopes that changes this weekend. The Englishman said he’s “definitely playing well” at the moment. His equipment feels “great,” his swing feels “great” and he’s confident with former Minnesota teammate Pete Jones on the bag.

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“It should be a great week,” he said.

Should Flanagan make the cut, he’ll guarantee himself at least $13,700 — not a bad payday to get the career rolling.

Jones may know Flanagan’s game better than he himself does. Flanagan recounted a couple of instances in which Jones would suggest a club, Flanagan would overrule Jones, and in the end, it turned out Jones was correct.

That, plus a lot more experience, has Flanagan more confident this time at TPC Twin Cities. Last year, he was a ball of nerves, even in practice rounds when he was standing on the tee box with no one watching. There will be fans this time around, and many will be there to support the former Minnesota standout. And Flanagan has had experience with crowds, particularly after his strong performance in this year’s Walker Cup, the pinnacle of amateur golf.

“I’ve just got to stick to golf is golf, lowest score counts at the end of the day and go from there,” Flanagan said.

It’s fitting this, just 20 minutes from the Minnesota campus, is where Flanagan will make his pro debut after his illustrious career with the Gophers. Flanagan will leave Minnesota soon. He’s about to start apartment hunting in Florida — a more practical place to live for someone starting what they hope to be a long, successful professional golfing career.

“I think the number one goal is to be the best player in the world. I think anyone coming into this sport is so driven by results. I want to play well every time, but at the end of the day, just enjoy it, just kind of keep the confidence up,” Flanagan said. “Yes, there’s big names out here and people that I’ve grown up … looking up to, but yeah, got to go out and have fun and just have my golf do the talking because I’m definitely playing well at the moment. Just got to take my confidence there come Thursday on the first tee.”

One thing to remember ahead of his 8:51 a.m. tee time Thursday: sun screen. He didn’t apply enough in his 9-hole practice round Tuesday morning.

“My skin’s a bit sunburned after this morning,” he said. “A lot of SPF 50 and SPF 100.”