Officials Playing Waiting Game When it Comes to Possible Twin Cities PGA Tour Stop

June 01, 2018 10:17 AM

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has learned golf representatives from Minnesota are in Florida meeting with Professional Golfers' Association officials about bringing a possible PGA stop back to the state, according to sources.

Minnesota’s fate could hinge on if the Houston Golf Association is able to find a sponsor for the golf tournament that has been played in the city since the 1940s.

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The deadline is Friday.

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5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reached out to Houston golf officials but have yet to hear back.

A PGA Spokesperson said they did not have any updates.

But at least one player on the tour would love a Minnesota stop.

"I think it would be great for Minnesota, golf in Minnesota and fans in Minnesota," said PGA player Tim Herron, who lives in the Twin Cities.

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"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 beginning next year, The TPC Twin Cities in Blaine could be the host course.

"It has that wide-open ‘linxy’ feel to it," said Mark Michalski, the course superintendent, about his favorite hole on the course. 

"It kind of feels like you're on the Minnesota prairie. Mother Nature definitely plays a factor (in) when a professional golf tournament can be played here."

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The links course currently plays host to the 3M Championships - part of the PGA Champions (Senior) Tour - in late July and early August.

"All of a sudden, we're becoming a hot bed for golf, “ said Chandler Withington, the PGA Pro at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

The Chaska course played host to the 2016 Ryder Cub showcasing the world’s 24 best players.

“The tough part about Ryder Cup was getting to watch one of those 24 players play golf," he said. "With the PGA tour event, you've got a great player playing on every hole. It's great to be a sports fan in Minnesota."

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 and 1970s.

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