3M Championship marks 25th anniversary in Blaine

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Many of golf’s greatest players descended on TPC Twin Cities in Blaine for the 25th anniversary of the 3M Championship.

Dave Stockton signed his photo before the start of 3M Golf Tournament’s Greats of Golf Challenge autograph session.
Dave Stockton signed his photo before the start of 3M Golf Tournament’s Greats of Golf Challenge autograph session.

The tournament ran from July 21 through Aug. 6, with the final round of championship play.

Action kicked off with the Piper-Jaffray and EMC Pro-Ams, teaming up amateur and professional golfers competing for top honors.

Championship play started Friday, Aug. 4.

Saturday’s second round included the Greats of Golf Challenge, featuring the last four groups of the day who headed out on the course after hosting autograph sessions.

This year’s Greats field included Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Fuzzy Zoeller, Nancy Lopez and more.

Paul Goydos took 3M Championship title in a playoff win.

He shot 20 under-par in the tournament with rounds that included one eagle, 20 birdies and two bogeys. His scores were 70-60-66 for a total of 196.

Second-place Gene Sauers was also 20-under with rounds of 66-64-66 for a total of 196.

Goydos finished 17th in last year’s tournament, Sauers 49th.

The course suffered significant of damage earlier this summer when it as hammered by hail in a June storm, with what could be up to $1 billion in damages.

Crews went into crisis mode to get the course ready for the tournament, removing more than 50 trees from the Blaine golf course, replacing 1,000 perennials and another 1,000 annuals and applying 350 tons of top dressing sand.

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Fuzzy Zoeller meets a young fan during the Greats of Golf autograph session. photos by Bill Jones Blaine’s own Jack Hiemenz got to caddy for golf pro Jeff Brehaut during the 3M Championships at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine Saturday, Aug. 5.
photo by Bill Jones Ben Crenshaw tees off on the first hole at TPC for the Greats of Golf Challenge.
photo by Bill Jones
 Team LPGA members Michelle McGann (from left), Pat Bradley and Nancy Lopez visit while waiting for their turn during the Greats of Golf Challenge.
photo by Bill Jones Team Greatest Ever member Lee Trevino sends a shot down the fairway.
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Team LPGA members Michelle McGann (from left), Pat Bradley and Nancy Lopez visit while waiting for their turn during the Greats of Golf Challenge. photo by Bill Jones