News Conference to Address Possible PGA Tour Return to Minnesota

News Conference to Address Possible PGA Tour Return to Minnesota Photo: KSTP-TV

June 13, 2018 09:31 AM

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has learned a news conference is scheduled at the TPC Twin Cities golf course in Blaine on Monday.

A possible future PGA Tour stop could be announced during the scheduled 12:30 p.m. press conference by the organizers of the 3M Championships, according to sources.

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Earlier in June, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reported that golf officials from the Twin Cities were down in Florida at the PGA headquarters trying to secure a spot on next year's golf tour.

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On Tuesday, the PGA Tour announced the Houston Open will return to Texas after a sponsor stepped forward to keep the tour, but it will now be moved to the fall part of the season. That's key because it means the tour stop has opened for earlier in the season.

"I think it would be great for Minnesota, golf in Minnesota and fans in Minnesota," PGA player Tim Herron, who lives in the Twin Cities, said when asked earlier this month by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS about a possible stop in his home state. "We play a lot in the south in the summer. It would be a nice break. It gets steamy up here, but at least you have a chance at getting a break in the weather. You know, where it's nice."

If the PGA does award Minnesota a tour stop, the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine would be the host course.

Golf insiders say it would require renovations to the course, more trees, raising the rough, and adding more bunkers.

The links course currently plays host to the 3M Championships - part of the PGA Champions (Senior) Tour - in late July and early August which has been in Minnesota since the early 1990s.

If the PGA Tour would come to Minnesota, the course would stop hosting the Champions tour but 3M would continue to sponsor it, according to sources.

The PGA Tour has yet to release next year's full schedule.

It’s been many years since the PGA has made a regular stop in the Twin Cities. The Braemar Golf Course in Edina once hosted the Minnesota Classic, a regular tour stop in 1960s.

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