Golf’s PGA Tour has confirmed that it will stage its first official event since 2009 in the US state of Minnesota, with manufacturing company 3M sponsoring a new tournament that will debut next year.
Hosted by the nonprofit 3M Open Fund, the seven-year deal will bring PGA Tour stars to the TPC Twin Cities (pictured) club in Blaine for a FedExCup Season event, the 3M Open, beginning next summer. The 2019 dates for the 3M Open are set to be made official on July 10 as part of the Tour’s 2018-19 schedule announcement.
The 3M Open will seek to build off the success and momentum of the 3M Championship, the current PGA Tour Champions event at TPC Twin Cities. The 3M Championship, which dates back to 1993, will be contested for the last time on August 3-5. In 2019, the playing of the 3M Open will mark the first official PGA Tour event in Minnesota since the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said: “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. The 3M Open will also continue 3M’s commitment to charity and positively impacting lives.”
3M’s long-time PGA Tour Champions partner Pro Links Sports will manage the 3M Open. Together, over the past 25 years, the 3M Championship has raised more than $26m (€22m) for Minnesotans. Dollars raised from the event have built new operating rooms, funded cancer and heart research and improved emergency rooms in the Twin Cities. As the tournament transitions to the 3M Open, the 3M Open Fund will donate all the proceeds from the tournament to local organisations.
Pro Links Sports executive director Hollis Cavner said: “We’ve been able to donate millions of dollars to charity and we expect to do even more with the 3M Open. This is a true win for Minnesota.”