BLAINE, MINN – (Wire Service Report) – For the first time in 50 years, Minnesota will host an annual PGA Tour event.
Tiger Woods at 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, MN
The Tour and sponsor 3M announced Monday that they have reached a seven-year agreement to host an annual stop beginning next summer, the 3M Open. Though the dates have yet to be announced, the 3M Open will be played at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.
It will be the first time the Tour will play a regular event in Minnesota since the St. Paul Open/Minnesota Golf Classic was last played in 1969. It will also be a bittersweet partnership for some, however, as the addition of the 3M Open also means the end of the 3M Championship, a Champions Tour event dating back to 1993.
The final 3M Championship Champions Tour event in Minnesota will be played Aug. 3-5 this year. That event will also be played at TPC Twin Cities. The state has occasionally hosted Tour events since 1969, most recently the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine in Chaska.
“We are delighted to partner with 3M for this new PGA TOUR event in the Twin Cities, a community that has shown tremendous support for professional golf over the years with PGA Tour Champions, the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup, and has deservedly played host to the biggest events in sports — Super Bowls, Final Fours, among them,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement Monday.