The 3M Championship was a professional golf tournament in Minnesota on the PGA Tour Champions, played annually at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, a suburb north of Minneapolis. Based in Saint Paul, 3M was the main sponsor of the tournament.
|Location||Blaine, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Established||1993, 28 years ago|
|Course(s)||TPC Twin Cities|
Bunker Hills Golf Course
|Length||7,114 yards (6,505 m)|
|Tour(s)||PGA Tour Champions|
|Format||Stroke play - 54 holes|
|Prize fund||$1.75 million|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||191 David Frost (2010)|
|To par||−25 David Frost (2010)|
It debuted 28 years ago in 1993 as the Burnet Senior Classic, and was originally held at the Bunker Hills Golf Course in nearby Coon Rapids. After eight editions, the tournament moved to the year-old TPC Twin Cities in 2001, when 3M took over as sponsor. The purse in 2017 was $1.75 million, with a winner's share of $262,500.
Within the tournament was the "Greats of Golf Challenge," an exhibition scramble on Saturday among teams of former major winners and hall of famers of both genders. Recent participants include Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, and Nancy Lopez.
In 2018, it was announced that the 2018 3M Championship would be the final playing of the event, as it would be replaced by the 3M Open on the PGA Tour starting in 2019. Kenny Perry was the final champion of the event, winning his third 3M Championship on August 5, 2018.
|Year||Dates||Champion||Country||Winning score||Margin||Purse ($)|
|2018||Aug 3–5||Kenny Perry (3)||United States||195 (−21)||3 strokes||1,750,000|
|2017||Aug 4–6||Paul Goydos||United States||196 (−20)||Playoff||1,750,000|
|2016||Aug 5–7||Joe Durant||United States||197 (−19)||Playoff||1,750,000|
|2015||Jul 31 – Aug 2||Kenny Perry (2)||United States||198 (−18)||4 strokes||1,750,000|
|2014||Aug 1–3||Kenny Perry||United States||193 (−23)||1 stroke||1,750,000|
|2013||Aug 2–4||Tom Pernice Jr.||United States||199 (−17)||1 stroke||1,750,000|
|2012||Aug 3–5||Bernhard Langer (2)||Germany||198 (−18)||2 strokes||1,750,000|
|2011||Aug 5–7||Jay Haas||United States||201 (−15)||1 stroke||1,750,000|
|2010||Aug 6–8||David Frost||South Africa||191 (−25)||7 strokes||1,750,000|
|2009||Jul 10–12||Bernhard Langer||Germany||200 (−16)||1 stroke||1,750,000|
|2008||Jul 18–20||R. W. Eaks||United States||193 (−23)||6 strokes||1,750,000|
|2007||Aug 3–5||D. A. Weibring||United States||198 (−18)||1 stroke||1,750,000|
|2006||Aug 4–6||David Edwards||United States||204 (−12)||2 strokes||1,750,000|
|2005||Aug 5–7||Tom Purtzer||United States||201 (−15)||1 stroke||1,750,000|
|2004||Aug 6–8||Tom Kite||United States||203 (−13)||1 stroke||1,750,000|
|2003||Aug 8–10||Wayne Levi||United States||205 (−11)||1 stroke||1,750,000|
|2002||Aug 9–11||Hale Irwin (3)||United States||204 (−13)||3 strokes||1,750,000|
|2001||Aug 10–12||Bruce Lietzke||United States||207 (−9)||2 strokes||1,750,000|
|Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic|
|2000||Aug 4–6||Ed Dougherty||United States||197 (−19)||2 strokes||1,600,000|
|1999||Jul 23–25||Hale Irwin (2)||United States||201 (−15)||2 strokes||1,500,000|
|1998||Aug 8–9||Leonard Thompson||United States||134 (−10)^||Playoff||1,500,000|
|Burnet Senior Classic|
|1997||Jul 18–20||Hale Irwin||United States||199 (−17)||2 strokes||1,350,000|
|1996||Jul 19–21||Vicente Fernández||Argentina||205 (−11)||1 stroke||1,250,000|
|1995||Aug 11–13||Raymond Floyd||United States||201 (−15)||1 stroke||1,100,000|
|1994||Aug 19–21||Dave Stockton||United States||203 (−13)||1 stroke||1,050,000|
|1993||Jun 18–20||Chi-Chi Rodríguez||United States||201 (−15)||2 strokes||1,050,000|
^ The 1998 event was shortened to 36 holes due to rain
- Green highlight indicates scoring records
Three players won this tournament more than once.
- Nadel, Mike (June 21, 1993). "Chi Chi wins Burnet". TimesDaily. Florence, Alabama. Associated Press. p. 3B.
- "Leaderboard: 3M Championship". ESPN. 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
- "Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 7, 2000. p. C3.
- "Golf: Senior 3M Championship". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). August 13, 2001. p. C4.
- "Greats of Golf". 3M Championship. Archived from the original on May 4, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
- Stensaas, Brian (August 3, 2018). "3M Championship tees off for the 26th and final time on Friday". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
- Stensaas, Brian (August 6, 2018). "Kenny Perry wins 3M Championship for third time". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
- Official website
- Coverage on the Champions Tour's official site
- TPC Twin Cities − host since 2001
- Bunker Hills Golf Club