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Brian Stensaas

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Brian Stensaas has been with the Star Tribune since 2004. He is a digital editor and sports reporter, with experience covering high schools, the NHL, NBA and professional golf.


A native of Stoughton, Wis., Stensaas graduated with a degree in communications from the University of Minnesota where he covered a variety of Gophers sports teams for the Minnesota Daily. He lives in Apple Valley with his wife and daughter.
Recent content from Brian Stensaas
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, left, meets with Ohio State coach Woody Hayes.

The nostalgic thrill of Capture the Flag and other 'night games'

Capture the Flag and other nostalgic games remain an essential part of childhood, despite the rise of organized sports and digital devices.
Tom Lehman tipped his cap to the gallery on Sunday.

Was this the last Minnesota tournament for Lehman?

The large crowds gathered around TPC Twin Cities' closing 18th hole warmly welcomed 60-year-old Tom Lehman up the fairway and onto the green.
Lucas Glover hit out of the rough on the18th hole during the final day of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities.

Friends spark each other in final round at Blaine; Koepka struggles

When friends get to play together, they can inspire each other to play better.
Tom Lehman congratulated Matthew Wolff as the two walked back toward the clubhouse after finishing the third round Saturday.

Tom Lehman bridges generation gap with 3M co-leader 20-year-old Matthew Wolff

The 60-year-old's pairing with a fresh-out-of-college youngster worked out just fine.
Adam Hadwin lined up his putt on the first hole Saturday at the 3M Open.

Day 3 at the 3M Open

A quick look at the third round at TPC Twin Cities.
Spring Lake Park High School product Troy Merritt shot a 5-under-par 66 and is at 13 under, just two shots off the lead.

Shawn Stefani making holes-in-one part of his routine

He sank a 7-iron on the fourth hole for his latest professional ace; local favorite Troy Merritt remains in contention after a 66.
Troy Merritt hit out of the rough on the 16th hole during the second round of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.

Troy Merritt enjoys home-course advantage of sorts in shooting 64 at 3M Open

Backed by a reassuring gallery, the Spring Lake Park High School product climbed up the leaderboard.
Curtis Luck chipped onto the ninth green during the second round of the 3M Open on Friday. ] ALEX KORMANN• alex.kormann@startribune.com

Another pride of Perth excelling in a Minnesota tournament

Curtis Luck is doing well, two weeks after his childhood friend Hannah Green won at Hazeltine.
Jason Day reacted after a missed putt on the seventh hole.

Day 2 at the 3M Open

A quick look at the second round at TPC Twin Cities.
No. 1 Brooks Koepka opened with a 67, then donated his shoes, which also had some Ryder Cup miles on the treads, to charity.

Koepka wears shoes from 2016 Ryder Cup for first round of 3M Open

Beginning Friday, fans can bid on them on the 3M Open website. The winning bid price will go to 3M's charity, and Brooks Koepka will match the amount.
Phil Mickelson hit a ball out of the tall grass on Thursday morning surrounded by spectators. He couldn’t recover from a triple bogey in the middle

Mickelson struggles on first day at 3M Open

For Phil Mickelson, it's going to take 18 holes with a lot of red numbers Friday afternoon to have a chance at earning 36 more before heading to the British Open.

Ten golfers on the fringe who could contend in this week's 3M Open

You know the favorites this week at TPC Twin Cities. But who is flying under the radar?
Troy Merritt went to high school at Spring Lake Park and started his college career at Winona State.

After surgeries, Merritt looking forward to 'fun week' at 3M Open

Medical procedures get the former Spring Lake Park and Winona State golfer's swing and career back on track, freeing him to focus on fun while playing the new hometown PGA event.
Mel Reid pumped her fist after making a birdie putt on the 18th green Sunday to complete a round of 66, at the time the best round for any golfer at t

Waiting in vain: Reid puts postgame beverage on hold after 66

Her round gave her the clubhouse lead going into the final groups Sunday.
Ariya Jutanugarn looked to her ball after she teed off on the seventh hole Sunday. Golfers took part in the final day of competition play during the K

KPMG Women's PGA Championship final round recap

Notes, quotes and anecdotes from Sunday's round at Hazeltine.
Michelle Wie was playing in her first event in two months and frequently iced her injured right wrist. “It was a little foolish to think that I woul

Wie can't shake off the rust or the pain, opens with an 84

First-round 84 was the worst score of her pro career.
Julie Lovaas, part of Amy Olson’s sponsorship team, passed out “Amy’s Army” T-shirts on Thursday at Hazeltine. Olson played for North Dakota S

Amy's Army invades Hazeltine

Amy Olson's friends, family and business sponsors came to the KPMG Women's PGA Championship armed with 250 teal "Amy's Army" T-shirts to support the former North Dakota State standout.
Defending KPMG Women’s PGA Championship champion Sung Hyun Park discussed life since winning her second major title at a news conference at Hazeltin

Sung Hyun Park relies on memories, good and bad

Her key is focusing on her past titles, not missed cuts.
Jeongeun Lee6 chipped during the final round of the U.S. Women's Open earlier this month in Charleston, S.C.

Jeongeun Lee6 among several LPGA players discovering Minnesota

The rookie sensation was unfamiliar with Hazeltine until arriving this week.
Sung Hyun Park posed with the championship trophy after making a birdie on the second hole of a playoff on the 16th hole to win the KPMG Women's PGA C

KPMG Women's PGA Championship details

The third LPGA major of the year is being held at Hazeltine National.
Tom Lehman will play in next month's inaugural 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, a course he helped design. The course is being lengthened and tou

Lehman will play in 3M Open as course gets toughened up

The co-designer of the TPC Twin Cities course in Blaine will make his first non-major start on the PGA Tour since missing the 54-hole cut at the 2015 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
The final day of the 3M Championship last month was the final day of the 3M Championship period. Kenny Perry and the other senior stars won’t be bac

Minnesota's new-in-2019 PGA Tour event just got a big-money boost

The 3M Open, Minnesota's stop on the PGA Tour new in 2019, will be one of the last chances for players to earn FedEx points in a full-field event. Tournament organizers are hopeful that change will attract top golfers.
Topgolf in Brooklyn Center will have three driving decks.

Golf and good times: Topgolf opening Friday in Brooklyn Center

The year-round golf entertainment facility will open its Brooklyn Center location on Friday, with plans to stay open until 2 a.m. on weekends.
This summer, Topgolf hired 500 Twin Cities-based workers to fill out its Brooklyn Center site, set to open this month.

Massive, dazzling Topgolf unveiled in Brooklyn Center

The driving range/entertainment venue will open to the public later this month. Golf writer Brian Stensaas was among those getting a tour on Wednesday.
Tom Lehman reacted to a missed putt on No. 18 at the 3M Championship on Friday. Lehman will help redesign the TPC Twin Cities course, which includes e

Bulldozers ready: TPC Twin Cities starts prep for PGA Tour event

Work has already started to transform the course from a birdie bonanza into a layout that will challenge golf's best when the PGA Tour takes over next summer.
A third 3M Championship trophy capped a stellar weekend for Kenny Perry, who said he’s not done chasing titles at TPC Twin Cities.

Perry settles down to win 3M Championship for third time

After shooting 21 under par at TPC Twin Cities, Kenny Perry said he would return next year for the Blaine course's first PGA Tour event.
Kenny Perry hit a ball out of a bunker during the final round of the 3M Championship.

3M Championship Day 3 recap

A quick look at the final day of the final 3M Championship.
Kenny Perry's score of 60 ties the 3MChampionship tournament record and his 18-under is a 36-hole record.

'Not washed up':Perry's 60 gives him 5-shot edge ahead of 3M finale

The only back-to-back winner in 3M Championship history has a third trophy well within reach after a tournament-record-tying 12-under 60 in Round 2 on Saturday at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. Perry holed a pair of eagles.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus winked at a fan after signing an autograph at the 3M Championship at the TPC in Blaine, Minn.

Nicklaus expects 'darn good field' for inaugural 3M Open next summer

Asked Saturday about the 3M Open coming to the Twin Cities next July 4th, Nicklaus didn't hesitate to offer his thoughts.
Tom Lehman smiled at cheering fans after teeing off at the first hole as his caddy carried his University of Minnesota golf bag behind him.

Jerry Smith leads a crowded, shifting leaderboard at 3M Championship

At 8 under, he leads by two strokes, but a dozen players are lurking nearby.
TPC Twin Cities in Blaine is ending an 18-year run as host of the 3M Championship. “We hate to see it go,” said 2004 tournament winner Tom Kite.

3M Championship tees off for the 26th and final time

The senior golf event bids farewell this weekend after 26 years; the start was delayed by the morning storms that moved through the metro area.
Defending champion Paul Goydos shot 20 under in last year’s 3M Championship, including a tournament-record 60 in the second round.

Goydos returns to defend his 2017 3M victory

Goydos shot 20 under in last year's 3M Championship, including a tournament-record 60 in the second round.
Robert Gamez, left, gave golfing tips to amateurs he was golfing with on the 16th green during the 3M Championship Pro-Am tournament on Wednesday at T

After early PGA success, Robert Gamez tries career reboot on Champions Tour

Robert Gamez shined as a PGA Tour rookie; now he hopes to duplicate those results on the 50-and-up circuit.
Dave Stockton Sr. navigated through trouble in 1994 to win the Burnet Senior Classic at Bunker Hills. The tournament is now played at the TPC Twin Cit

Dave Stockton Jr. makes Champions Tour debut at 3M

His father, Dave Stockton, won the 3M in 1994 (although that tournament was held at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids) and the pair have been coming here since.
Bruce Lietzke putted on the 17th green on his way to victory in the 2001 3M Championship.

Friends on Champions Tour remember Lietzke

Stories are ample of Bruce Lietzke's aversion to putting in much time on the craft away from the course, yet he won 13 times on the PGA Tour
Former Gophers golfer Erik Van Rooyen of South Africa played out of a bunker on the ninth hole during the final round of the British Open in Carnousti

Former Gophers golfer finishes British Open at 2 under par

It was a Sunday struggle for Erik van Rooyen, but he birdied the final hole of his major debut.
Erik Van Rooyen of South Africa plays a shot off the 14th tee during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, F

Ex-U golfer van Rooyen gets favorable ruling, shoots 71 at British Open

Former Gophers golfer Erik van Rooyen is two shots out of the lead after a steady second round at Carnoustie. He made the last putt after being given no penalty for dropping his putter on his ball marker.
Erik Van Rooyen lined up a putt on the 13th green during the first round of the British Open

Former Gopher van Rooyen 'on center stage,' remains among British Open leaders

Gophers golf coach John Carlson said Erik van Rooyen, in second place at the British Open, is ready to emerge as one of golf's top young talents. "He understands the moment he's in."
Fans packed the course to watch the 3M Championship at TPC-Twin Cities in Blaine. The tournament is moving from the Champions Tour for older golfers t

3M Open plans a party when it joins PGA Tour over July 4th weekend

A holiday weekend at an unfamiliar course two weeks before a major, coupled with Minnesotans accustomed to leaving town, may look like a bad time for the new PGA tournament.
Minnesota native Tom Lehman, showed at the 2015 3M Championship, will play a role in bringing the TPC Twin Cities course in Blaine up to par for a PGA

Toughening course, top-flight field on list for state's new PGA event

The TPC Twin Cities course in Blaine will be lengthened and redesigned to make it tougher for players to shoot the low scores common to the current Champions Tour event.
FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins looks around the stadium before an NFL football game against th

Kirk Cousins timeline: From Michigan State to Washington to Minnesota. Here are the highlights.

From his college debut against Montana State to the off-season events that brought him to Minnesota, here's a look at Kirk Cousins' career.
Paul Goydos’ fifth PGA Tour Champions victory was secure when he kept his second playoff shot dry Sunday.

Goydos wins one-hole playoff to clinch 3M Championship

Paul Goydos wins 3M after he clears the water and Gene Sauers doesn't on first playoff hole.
Paul Goydos putts on the ninth hole during round two of the 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities on Saturday. Goydos and Kenny Perry are the two leaders

Goydos sets 3M record with 12-under 60 to take the lead

Goydos needed just 20 putts in his second round at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.
Mike Goodes tees off while it begins to rain during round one of the 3M Championship. Goodes and Kenny Perry are the two leaders after round one.

Two-time 3M winner Kenny Perry, Mike Goodes share early lead

Co-leader Kenny Perry opened with six birdies in a row. A double bogey set Tom Lehman back.
Jim O'Meara watched the third hole through his binoculars on Friday.

Day 1 at 3M Championship

A look at the first day of competition at TPC Twin Cities.
Bernhard Langer practiced from a bunker on Wednesday at the TPC Twin Cities.

Langer heads into Twin Cities at the top of his game

Week after week, the unflappable Bernhard Langer puts himself in the title hunt.
Jerry Kelly is in the top 25 on the money list and has four top-10 finishes this season, but he's still not pleased with his golf game.

Champions Tour's Kelly says results are misleading: He's playing poorly

He's still in the top 25 on the money list and has four top-10 finishes this season.
Steve Stricker played in a pro-am Wednesday at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. The Wisconsin golfer will be one of the fan favorites in the 3M Championship

Since he turned 50, Stricker's golf game as good as ever

He's shot 10 under or better in every Champions Tour event he has played leading up to this weekend's 3M Championship in Blaine.
Kenny Perry will try to win a third 3M Championship in four years this weekend. He slipped to 37th last year.

Perry winning again in his return to golf at 56

Feeling "rejuvenated" at age 56 after a winter away from the course, Kenny Perry decided to give the Champions Tour another go in 2017.
Steve Flesch has thrived in five Champions Tour events since turning 50 in May, and his game has clearly been rejuvenated.

For Flesch, new life in pro golf began at 50

Struggles on course changed with rediscovery of playing magic and tour success.
Michael Bradley is one player in this week’s 3M Championship field that can put some distance between himself and the playoff cutoff line.

Good week at 3M Championship can make difference in player standings

With seven events left on the PGA Tour Champions schedule, time is ticking away to finish in the top 72 of the money list and qualify for the playoffs.
Steve Stricker played the 5th hole during the first round of the British Open on Thursday at Royal Birkdale, Southport, England. (AP Photo/Dave Thomps

Steve Stricker commits to 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities

50-year-old will bring Wisconsin pride to Minnesota senior event.
1953 Minnesota State Open champion Loren Krugel lines up a putt at Woodhill.

Still special after all these years: Minnesota State Open turns 100

Since 1917, the Minnesota State Open golf tournament has been a true test of who's best among the area's top amateurs and professionals. The 100th State Open begins Friday.
Hollis Cavner, executive director the 3M Championship, said Monday his Pro Links Sports event management team has submitted a bid to the PGA Tour for

Cavner says his group has submitted bid for PGA Tour stop

Hollis Cavner, executive director of the 3M Championship, said Monday his Pro Links Sports event management team has submitted a bid to the PGA Tour for an annual event at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, same site as the 3M Championship each August.
USA's Keegan Bradley congratulates Phil Mickelson during the 2012 Ryder Cup.

How will you score? Take the Ryder Cup quiz

From the first tee to the closing hole, 18 questions to test your Ryder Cup knowledge.
Joe Durant planted a kiss on the trophy after his playoff victory in 3M Championshionship at TPC Twin Cities on Sunday.

Durant eagles first playoff hole to win 3M Championship title

Missed short putts aren't deal-breakers, as he keeps grinding and beats Jimenez in playoff
Miguel Angel Jimenez tees off the 14th hole Saturday at the 3M championship

Jimenez takes lead; Garwood's 62 nearly ties 3M record

The Mechanic went to work Saturday with a birdie on the second hole, then rolled in five in a row on Nos. 6 through 10.
Two-time defending champion Kenny Perry (right, with ESPN basketball analyst Bruce Bowen) is trying to play more with his grandkids as well as play go

Kenny Perry's comfort on TPC Twin Cities course bears fruit

In five years at the 3M Championship, Kenny Perry has finished no worse than a tie for seventh.
John Daly is in the field for the first time at the 3M Championship.

Balancing excess and success, John Daly comes to the 3M Championship

John Daly turned 50 in late April and is now one of the most recognizable faces — and bodies — on the PGA Tour Champions circuit.
Michael Bradley once shot a 59 on the Canadian Tour. He’s not surprised more and more pros have shot 60 and under.

Breaking 60 becomes more common on pro golf circuit

It might seem like a cocky line of thinking but Michael Bradley, who in 1991 carded a 59 on the Canadian Tour, has seen players improve and play on courses exceptionally well-maintained in his long career.
Mike Small, left (with Keegan Bradley) in 2011

Illini coach looks right at home at 3M Championship

In golf circles these days Mike Small is best known as the head coach of the Illinois men's golf team. But this week at the 3M Championship in Blaine, Small is on the other side of the golf bag. Small received one of five sponsor's exemptions into the tournament.
This Thursday June 23, 2016 image provided by the Greenbrier shows flooding on a fairway in front of the clubhouse of the Old White Course at the Gree

Plan to hold displaced PGA Tour event in Minnesota falls through

Before the Greenbrier Classic was canceled due to severe flooding in West Virginia, one contingency plan was for the event to be held at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.
FILE - This July 29, 2009, file photo shows John Daly during the Buick Open Pro-Am at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Mich. Daly turned 50 in April. He

Here comes the boom! John Daly plans to play in 3M Championship

With wide fairways and receptive greens, TPC Twin Cities is the ideal golf course for long hitters. One of game's first true big boppers is on his way.
What we learned by tracking golfers' holes in one in Minnesota last year

What we learned by tracking golfers' holes in one in Minnesota last year

Golf courses all over the state send us information on golfers who hit aces, but last year was the first time we decided to analyze the data. Here's what we found.
A golfer puts a ball on a tee during a practice round at Pebble Beach Golf Links at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in Pebble Be

Talker: On state's golf courses last season, 7-iron was the club of aces

Before the 2016 golf season tees off, let's look back at some Minnesota golf stats about the game's most exciting moment: the hole-in-one.There were 538…

From takedowns to takeoffs: a wrestling reunion

Gophers coach J Robinson took a flight to Vegas and found a familiar face in the pilot, Chad Kraft.
Kenny Perry raised his hands in victory Sunday after winning the 3M Championship at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. Perry became the first repeat winne

Kenny Perry repeats as 3M Championship winner

Kenny Perry has barely a hiccup on his way to earning back-to-back 3M crowns.
Kenny Perry waved to the crowd on the 18th hole, after he sank an eagle putt to go 14 under for the 3M Championship on Saturday in Blaine.

Perry plays the ace to take control at 3M Championship

Opening birdies, hole-in-one put the defending champ in position to repeat.
Tom Lehman watched his shot form the third tee in the first round of the 3M Championship in Blaine on Friday.

Lehman leads by three after first round at 3M

The Minnesota native shot a sparkling 64 as high winds took a toll on others.
Tom Watson teed off during Thursday’s pro-am at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. After playing his final British Open, Watson returned to the 3M Champions

Watson returns to 3M after watching sun set on British Open career

Tom Watson, 65, is at peace as his brilliant playing career nears an end.
Scott McCarron, who recently joined the Champions Tour, knows his time to win is now.

Scott McCarron knows winning early is key on the Champions Tour

Players aged 50 or 51 top leaderboard consistently.
Nick Price, center, and Blaine McCallister, right, played the fourth hole at the Encompass Championship tournament in June.

3M Championship notebook: Blaine McCallister hasn't lost love of baseball

The five-time PGA Tour winner's drive into golf started with baseball.
Jerry Smith celebrates after winning the Encompass Championship golf tournament Sunday, July 12, 2015, in Glenview, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMI

3M Championship: Jerry Smith finds success with 50-plus crowd

Jerry Smith, an Iowa native who was working as a club pro after losing his PGA Tour card before turning 50, is playing some of the best golf of his career.
Skip Kendall

Kendall finds playing on Champions Tour is no sure thing

An influx of talent to the Champions Tour has deprived Skip Kendall of spots in many tournaments that he would have received a few years back.
Gene Sauers, who nearly died because of a rare skin condition, waved to the gallery on the 17th green Sunday.

Survivor Sauers savoring time on Champions Tour with buddies

After recovering from a rare skin condition, Gene Sauers is always upbeat.
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