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PGA Tour event returns to Minnesota this week at 3M Open

Updated: July 02, 2019 06:19 PM

For the first time in 50 years, Minnesota will now be a regular PGA Tour stop.

The 3M Open tees off for the first time ever at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine Thursday with some of the biggest names in golf including  Brooks Koepka, Jason Day, and Phil Mickelson.

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"The golfers of Minnesota deserve this because they have quite a following here with the PGA," said Steve Reindal from Northfield. 

Fans young and old enjoyed a sunny day on Tuesday's practice round to cheer on their favorite golfers.


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"These guys are way out of my league," said Jim Sipprell, who lives in Chaska. "Minnesota fans love golf and it's good to have the PGA tour back here."

"You work 51 weeks and you get this one week to put on a show," said Peter Mele, tournament director. 

For nearly 20 years, this course hosted the senior Champions Tour. Mele says it's a lot of work transitioning to a PGA Tour event because you have to try and attract the best players and change the course.

"They lengthened the course quite a bit, narrowed a lot of fairways to re-shape some of the fairways, put up some new bunkering, and really just tried to make it more challenging for the Tour players," Mele said.  

Through concessions and tickets, each dollar raised goes back into the community.

"The proceeds of this event will go to benefit charities in the community," said Jon Severson, director of strategic partnerships at the Science Museum of Minnesota. "We're very thrilled to be partners."

Jon Severson and the Science Museum of Minnesota is one of the recipients as well as the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and the National Parks Foundation.

"The major focus that we will be spending our proceeds on are education programs, in particular, our equity and access," Severson said. 

Fans say they're looking forward to having this event in Blaine annually.

"I'm hoping it stays and works out, I'm sure the fans will support it," Sipprell said. 

If you're interested in attending the 3M Open this week, click here for more information.

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