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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.

3M Championship
3M Championship logo.png
LocationBlaine, Minnesota, U.S.
Established1993, 26 years ago[1]
Course(s)TPC Twin Cities
(since 2001)
Bunker Hill Golf Course
(1993–2000)
Par72
Length7,114 yards (6,505 m)[2]
Tour(s)PGA Tour Champions
FormatStroke play - 54 holes
(no cut)
Prize fund$1.75 million
Month playedAugust
Final year2018
Aggregate191 David Frost (2010)
To par−25 David Frost (2010)
United States Kenny Perry
TPC Twin Cities is located in the United States
TPC Twin Cities
TPC Twin Cities
Location in the United States
TPC Twin Cities is located in Minnesota
TPC Twin Cities
TPC Twin Cities
Location in Minnesota

It debuted 26 years ago in 1993 as the Burnet Senior Classic, and was originally held at the Bunker Hills Golf Course in nearby Coon Rapids.[1][3] After eight editions, the tournament moved to the year-old TPC Twin Cities in 2001, when 3M took over as sponsor.[4] The purse in 2017 was $1.75 million, with a winner's share of $262,500.[2]

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.[5]

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.[6] Kenny Perry was the final champion of the event, winning his third 3M Championship on August 5, 2018.[7]

WinnersEdit

Year Dates Champion Country Winning score Margin Purse ($)
3M Championship
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

Multiple winnersEdit

Three players won this tournament more than once.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Nadel, Mike (June 21, 1993). "Chi Chi wins Burnet". TimesDaily. Florence, Alabama. Associated Press. p. 3B.
  2. ^ a b "Leaderboard: 3M Championship". ESPN. 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 7, 2000. p. C3.
  4. ^ "Golf: Senior 3M Championship". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). August 13, 2001. p. C4.
  5. ^ "Greats of Golf". 3M Championship. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Stensaas, Brian (August 6, 2018). "Kenny Perry wins 3M Championship for third time". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Retrieved August 6, 2018.

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