The 20th annual 3M Championship tournament teed off Monday at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine with the shotgun start Allianz Pro-Am tournament.
The Champions Tour hits the links Friday through Sunday, but first, pro-am contests took to the TPC fairways and putting greens.
On Monday, 73 amateurs teamed with 22 pros and competed for top honors in the Allianz Pro-Am contest, which featured Fuzzy Zoeller, Dana Quigley, Lance Ten Broek, Hubert Green and more.
By day’s end, pro Dan Forsman and amateurs Gaby Accad, Ken Gallaway, Tim Klauck and Dan Pohl took top honors in Monday’s pro-am contest.
Tuesday saw the Accenture Executive Women’s Pro-Am tee off, while celebrities and pros hit the links for the Insight Pro-Am Wednesday and Thursday.
For the fourth consecutive year, the 3M Championship offers free admission to all spectators and the tournament field features defending champion Jay Haas as well as Nick Price, Fuzzy Zoeller, Bernhard Langer, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Lehman, Mark Calcavecchia and Fred Funk.
For the ninth consecutive year, icons of the golf world, including Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Chi Chi Rodriguez, will participate in the Aug. 4 and 5 Greats of Golf Challenge. Three teams will compete in that tournament and then step up during autograph sessions in the air-conditioned Pioneer Press Expo Tent.
For more information about the 3M Championship tournament, visit www.3MChampionship.com.
Television coverage of this weekend’s action can been found on the Golf Channel.
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