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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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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.
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, left, meets with Ohio State coach Woody Hayes.

Take the Big Ten football history quiz

Think you know Big Ten football? Test your knowledge with this 12-question quiz.
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.
Kenny Perry made his way off the grounds as a storm loomed in the background delaying play on the 18th hole during the second round of the 3M Champion

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.
Joel Edwards on his father-in-law, former Edgerton coach Richie Olson: “I enjoyed picking his brain about coaching.”

Edwards relishes his Edgerton link

His marriage to the daughter of state coaching legend Richie Olson taught him much.
Marco Dawson was all smiles after finishing with a score of 63 during the first round of the 3M Championship Friday in Blaine.

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.
Bernhard Langer, at the age of 56, could get some consideration for a berth on Europe’s Ryder Cup team. He's in the Twin Cities this weekend to play

Langer good enough to merit Ryder consideration at age 56

Contemporaries marvel at the consistency and work ethic of Bernhard Langer.
Jeff Sluman has played in every Champions Tour event since September 2010. “I love doing it, why not play?” Sluman said.

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…
Paul Goydos, playing in his first Champions Tour event, found himself among longtime friends when he got to Blaine this week.

This way to the 50-plus tour

One door begins to close and another opens for rookies on the Champions Tour.
Hal Sutton took a shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities in 2013.

Champions Tour players make concessions to age

Hal Sutton and Fred Funk got their game back after replacement surgeries.
in 1966, Al Geiberger showed off his third-round score on his way to winning the PGA Championship. Eleven years later, he became the first person to s

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.
Tom Pernice Jr. tipped his hat to the crowd as he won the 3M Championship with a birdie on the 18th hole. on Sunday, August 4, 2013, at TPC of the Twi

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.
Donald Constable

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.
U.S. forward Hilary Knight (21) scores a goal against Finland goalkeeper Noora Raty (41) during the first period in a women's hockey game at the Winte

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.
Offensive linemen Isaac Hayes,St. Thomas Academy, and Jonah Pirsig, Blue Earth, are committed to play football for the Gophers.

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.
Volunteer Sally Altman of Mora, Minn., smiled after getting an autographed golf ball from Tom Pernice Jr. after he finished the second round of the 3M

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.
Kirk Triplett hit the ball on the 18th hole during Saturday's round at the 3M Championship.

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…
A collection of the greats of golf at the TPC Twin Cities driving range on Saturday. From left: Fuzzy Zoeller, Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez, Arnold P

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.
Mark Wiebe’s bogey-free 64 led the 3M Championship, in which 28 players shot in the 60s in the first round Friday.

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.
Mark Wiebe, after winning the Senior British Open last weekend, took a long and exhausting trip to Blaine for the 3M.

Senior British Open champ Wiebe still riding high in Blaine

A message from Gary Player after his victory brought tears to his eyes.
Rocco Mediate, right, and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura shared a joke Wednesday during the 3M Championship pro-am. Mediate said his tips could e

3M Notebook: Mediate comfortable on Champions Tour

The rookie on the senior circuit is making himself right at home, especially in Minnesota.
Esteban Toledo talked and joked with other golfers at the 3M Championship Pro-Am.

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.
David Podas

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.
Bobby Clampett, shown during the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines in June, will make his ninth Champions Tour start of the year in the 3M Champ

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.
Kenny Perry celebrated his victory in the U.S. Senior Open, one of his two major championships this season.

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.
Colin Montgomerie (right), and Corey Pavin

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.
Sarah Burnham of Wayzata shot a 2-under 71 to share the Class 3A lead with Shakopee’s Alex Schmid on Tuesday.

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.
Cretin-Derham Hall's Celia Kuenster

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.
Donald Constable

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.
Blaine was the No. 1 seed in last year's Class 3A state tournament.

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…
Lakeville North's Alyssa Goehner.

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.…
Eden Prairie's Sarah Wilhite and Camille Schultz celebrated last year's Class 3A championship.

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…
Matt Hopfner scored on a three-run double by Nicholas Denn in the third inning, helping Edina beat Eden Prairie 9-5 in the Minnesota American Legion t

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.
The Northern Lights team celebrated their title, from left: Sarah Wilhite (Eden Prairie), Hannah Tapp (Stewartville), Haley Fogerty (Belle Plaine), Al

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.
Bernhard Langer tees off on the 16th hole.

Langer a perfect minus-10

His goal was a closing 62, and it proved to be enough to prevail over a faltering David Peoples.
David Peoples watched his drive from the 13th hole during the Saturday session at the 3M Championship at the TPC golf course in Blaine.

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.
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