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Brian Stensaas

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Brian Stensaas has worked in the Star Tribune sports department since 2004. He's covered a number of sports teams from high schools to the pros and all things golf. Brian currently works nights as an editor/producer on the startribune.com/sports website.
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Goydos wins one-hole playoff to clinch 3M Championship

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

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

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.
Day 1 at 3M Championship

Day 1 at 3M Championship

A look at the first day of competition at TPC Twin Cities.
Langer heads into Twin Cities at the top of his game

Langer heads into Twin Cities at the top of his game

Week after week, the unflappable Bernhard Langer puts himself in the title hunt.
Champions Tour's Kelly says results are misleading: He's playing poorly

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

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.
Perry winning again in his return to golf at 56

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.
For Flesch, new life in pro golf began at 50

For Flesch, new life in pro golf began at 50

Struggles on course changed with rediscovery of playing magic and tour success.
Good week at 3M Championship can make difference in player standings

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 commits to 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities

Steve Stricker commits to 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities

50-year-old will bring Wisconsin pride to Minnesota senior event.
Still special after all these years: Minnesota State Open turns 100

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.
Cavner says his group has submitted bid for PGA Tour stop

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.
How will you score? Take the Ryder Cup quiz

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.
Durant eagles first playoff hole to win 3M Championship title

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

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

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.
Balancing excess and success, John Daly comes to 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.
Breaking 60 becomes more common on pro golf circuit

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.
Illini coach looks right at home at 3M Championship

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.
Take the Big Ten football history quiz

Take the Big Ten football history quiz

Think you know Big Ten football? Test your knowledge with this 12-question quiz.
Plan to hold displaced PGA Tour event in Minnesota falls through

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

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

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 repeats as 3M Championship winner

Kenny Perry repeats as 3M Championship winner

Kenny Perry has barely a hiccup on his way to earning back-to-back 3M crowns.
Perry plays the ace to take control at 3M Championship

Perry plays the ace to take control at 3M Championship

Opening birdies, hole-in-one put the defending champ in position to repeat.
Lehman leads by three after first round at 3M

Lehman leads by three after first round at 3M

The Minnesota native shot a sparkling 64 as high winds took a toll on others.
Watson returns to 3M after watching sun set on British Open career

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 knows winning early is key on the Champions Tour

Scott McCarron knows winning early is key on the Champions Tour

Players aged 50 or 51 top leaderboard consistently.
3M Championship notebook: Blaine McCallister hasn't lost love of baseball

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

The five-time PGA Tour winner's drive into golf started with baseball.
3M Championship: Jerry Smith finds success with 50-plus crowd

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.
Kendall finds playing on Champions Tour is no sure thing

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.
Survivor Sauers savoring time on Champions Tour with buddies

Survivor Sauers savoring time on Champions Tour with buddies

After recovering from a rare skin condition, Gene Sauers is always upbeat.
Perry soars to 3M lead after brief delay due to rain, lightning

Perry soars to 3M lead after brief delay due to rain, lightning

Heavy rain delayed the finish, but the leader had no problem shooting a 63 in the second round.
Edwards relishes his Edgerton link

Edwards relishes his Edgerton link

His marriage to the daughter of state coaching legend Richie Olson taught him much.
With 63, qualifier Dawson rockets to 3M Championship lead

With 63, qualifier Dawson rockets to 3M Championship lead

Marco Dawson rattled off seven birdies and an eagle for a masterful 9-under-par 63, three days after getting the final spot into the 3M field as an open qualifier in a playoff.
Langer good enough to merit Ryder consideration at age 56

Langer good enough to merit Ryder consideration at age 56

Contemporaries marvel at the consistency and work ethic of Bernhard Langer.
3M Championship notes: Sluman keeps streak going

3M Championship notes: Sluman keeps streak going

The Champions Tour events keep coming up on the calendar. And Jeff Sluman keeps showing up to compete. “You can’t make any money sitting…
This way to the 50-plus tour

This way to the 50-plus tour

One door begins to close and another opens for rookies on the Champions Tour.
Champions Tour players make concessions to age

Champions Tour players make concessions to age

Hal Sutton and Fred Funk got their game back after replacement surgeries.
3M Championship notes: 'Mr. 59' has unique spot in golf history

3M Championship notes: 'Mr. 59' has unique spot in golf history

In 1977, Al Geiberger became the first person to shoot a 59 in a PGA-sanctioned event. Chip Beck matched that feat in 1991. Both will be in the 3M Championship.
3M Championship preview: Champions Tour's best return to Blaine

3M Championship preview: Champions Tour's best return to Blaine

Eight of the top 10 Schwab Cup leaders are entered in a field that routinely is wide open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.
Two former Gophers qualify for U.S. Open golf

Two former Gophers qualify for U.S. Open golf

Donald Constable and Clayton Rask moved on through sectional qualifying after playing 36 holes on Monday.
Former U goalie Raty hints at retirement; seeks spot on men's pro team

Former U goalie Raty hints at retirement; seeks spot on men's pro team

Finnish women's hockey goaltender and former Gophers star Noora Raty took to Twitter on Saturday to express her intentions for the future.
Super Preps 2012: Jonah Pirsig and Isaac Hayes staying home

Super Preps 2012: Jonah Pirsig and Isaac Hayes staying home

Jonah Pirsig and Isaac Hayes, both hulking offensive linemen, are two of the pillars of the Gophers' football recruiting class for 2012. They had plenty of college options but chose to stay home.
Pernice, Kite ready for a showdown at 3M Championship

Pernice, Kite ready for a showdown at 3M Championship

One is a first-timer at 3M; the other is vying to be the oldest winner in Champions Tour history.
3M Championship: Day 2 recap

3M Championship: Day 2 recap

The only thing bigger than the crowds Saturday at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine was what the size of the golf cup must have looked…
Annika Sorenstam says retirement suits her just fine

Annika Sorenstam says retirement suits her just fine

The former LPGA star played in the Greats of Golf event, which allowed her to bring her two young children to the course.
Wiebe looks for title — and nap — in taking 3M Championship lead

Wiebe looks for title — and nap — in taking 3M Championship lead

Mark Wiebe, still exhausted after winning the Senior British Open, shot a sleep-deprived 64 to take the first-round lead in the 3M Championship.
Senior British Open champ Wiebe still riding high in Blaine

Senior British Open champ Wiebe still riding high in Blaine

A message from Gary Player after his victory brought tears to his eyes.
3M Notebook: Mediate comfortable on Champions Tour

3M Notebook: Mediate comfortable on Champions Tour

The rookie on the senior circuit is making himself right at home, especially in Minnesota.
Victory on Champions Tour continues Toledo's amazing story

Victory on Champions Tour continues Toledo's amazing story

Esteban Toledo promised he would win a Champions Tour title soon. And he did, on a Mexican holiday no less.
Podas delighted to get spot in 3M field

Podas delighted to get spot in 3M field

He has rubbed elbows with celebrities and top professionals as the pro at tony Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, yet one of his greatest career thrills comes this week as a participant in the 3M Championship.
Clampett's alternate plan puts him in 3M Championship

Clampett's alternate plan puts him in 3M Championship

There's not always a spot in the field for him, but he is definitely playing this week in the 3M Championship.
3M Championship preview: Expect another flurry of birdies

3M Championship preview: Expect another flurry of birdies

Champions Tour rookies and veterans alike are gearing up for the annual 3M Championship this week. The tournament, known for low scores and big names, begins Friday with plenty of free events preceding the opening round.
Montgomerie embraces turning 50 ahead of 3M Championship

Montgomerie embraces turning 50 ahead of 3M Championship

Colin Montgomerie's first regular Champions Tour event will be the 3M Championship in Blaine in early August.

Class 3A golf: Neisen tears are happy ones this year at state

Heartbroken the last two years after first-round low scores failed to yield championship results, the New Prague junior made a 15-foot putt to tie Wayzata's Sarah Burnham for the girls' Class 3A championship.
Top prep golfers on their game at state

Top prep golfers on their game at state

The final group did not disappoint, led by Wayzata's Sarah Burnham and Shakopee's Alex Schimid.
Golf state tournament preview: Cretin-Derham Hall's Kuenster converts pressure into relaxation

Golf state tournament preview: Cretin-Derham Hall's Kuenster converts pressure into relaxation

The two-time defending Class 3A champion loves the atmosphere at state.
Ex-Gophers golfer Constable set to approach first PGA tee

Ex-Gophers golfer Constable set to approach first PGA tee

The former Minnetonka and Gophers golf star will make his PGA debut at the Sony Open with one goal -- making the cut.

Cougars' roll goes unimpeded

Turnovers turned the tide for Lakeville North, fueling its offense in a blowout of the Panthers.
Volleyball: Five metro teams to watch

Volleyball: Five metro teams to watch

1. Lakeville North: Already the most talented team top to bottom, the Panthers got a boost when setter Erica Handley moved in from Class 1A…
Volleyball: Five metro players to watch

Volleyball: Five metro players to watch

1. Alyssa Goehner, jr., OH, Lakeville North State champion as a freshman, runner-up as a sophomore, national champion (with Northern Lights U17 team) this summer. 2.…
Volleyball: Three story lines

Volleyball: Three story lines

What to look for this fall before volleyball crowns three state champions in St. Paul.

Washburn soccer: 90 out for '91 repeat

Most high school-age kids now hear of the year 1991 and think of it as "back in the day." For boys' soccer players at Minneapolis…

South metro volleyball icon moves over a suburb

When volleyball coaching icon Milan Mader hung up his whistle after finally guiding Lakeville North to a Class 3A state championship in 2010, Walt Weaver…
Edina, Eden Prairie continue state's Legion baseball legacy

Edina, Eden Prairie continue state's Legion baseball legacy

Defending champion Eden Prairie and Edina are representing Minnesota's considerable Legion ball legacy.

Women's Open: Alexandria club pro shows the young ones

Lisa Grimes shot a 1-under-par 71 to win by two shots and defeat a field of mostly high school- and college-age players.
Metro volleyball stars come together for a title

Metro volleyball stars come together for a title

A group of standout players from around the Twin Cities combined skill and friendship to win a national volleyball championship this summer.
Langer a perfect minus-10

Langer a perfect minus-10

His goal was a closing 62, and it proved to be enough to prevail over a faltering David Peoples.
Birdies boost a surprising twosome to 3M lead

Birdies boost a surprising twosome to 3M lead

David Peoples sank 10 birdies and bolted to a three-shot lead in a record round of 62. Eduardo Romero also played a hot hand in taking over second.
Low scores, tight race at 3M Championship

Low scores, tight race at 3M Championship

A close finish seems likely after par took a beating and 23 players were bunched tightly at the 3M Championship.
Pros go away only when the pain won't

Pros go away only when the pain won't

Nick Price and Mark O'Meara are coming back from vexing injuries to play in the 3M Championship.
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