Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

PGA, 3M announce seven-year deal for Twin Cities tour event

PGA, 3M announce seven-year deal for Twin Cities tour event

"It's a wonderful opportunity to build on the success we've had", said Paul Keel, a 3M senior vice president.

Tour officials and 3M announced a seven-year agreement on Monday that will bring a PGA stop to the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine for a new FedExCup season event stating next summer. With the PGA Championship moving to May in 2019, a spot opened up in August on the calendar.

"Minnesota has showcased how good golf is here", said Hollis Cavner, executive director of Pro Links Sports, which will manage the 3M Open.

3M and the PGA Tour announced Monday they will bring an official PGA Tour event to the Twin Cities in 2019.

For the first time in 50 years, Minnesota will host an annual PGA Tour event.

Get ready, golfers - the PGA Tour is coming back to Minnesota.

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TPC Twin Cities has been a stop on the Champions Tour since 1993. "Look at how successful the PGA was, the Ryder Cup was", Cavner said.

He said many tour events charge in the $25 to $65 price range.

Tickets to the 3M Open will not be free as was custom at the 3M Championship. "We know the players will want to come here and play", he said, noting representatives for several players - notably Rory McIlroy - had already contacted him to congratulate him on landing the event.

He also recruits constantly at home in Jupiter, Fla., where he lives a few miles down the road from Brooks Koepka, who won his second consecutive U.S. Open on Sunday.

The PGA Tour is also adding an event in Detroit for 2019, which will likely wind up in the other vacant spot on the schedule. Woods tied for second, his best PGA Tour finish in years, and raved about the event.

The 3M Open Fund plans to donate all proceeds from the tournament to local organizations. "This is a true win for Minnesota".

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