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We didn't set out to pick the "best" or the "greatest." But all of these choices made the list because we think they're special. Our latest Virtual Happy Hour was all about sports books.
Can we interest you in one more "The Last Dance?" How about 20? If the next version of ESPN's Bulls documentary had Minnesota twist, here's the subjects the Star Tribune sports staff would pick.
The crown jewel of a 158-lot online auction of Puckett's personal collection sold for a final bid of $158,430, Two more auctions are scheduled for later this year.
Star Tribune reporters and editors gathered Wednesday night for our third Virtual Happy Hour draft. This week, it was the best of the worst: forgettable sports uniforms.
Besides items from Kirby Puckett's own career, the online sale also includes autographs from baseball legends, rare gifts and collectibles. Here are 10 eye-catching items from the lot.
Former Wayzata standout girls' golfer Sarah Burnham is finding competition in the Cactus Tour in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo shot 2-under in the opening round of this week's PGA Tour event. Should he make the cut, he'll put his CBS announcing duties for this weekend on hold.
Capture the Flag and other nostalgic games remain an essential part of childhood, despite the rise of organized sports and digital devices.
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.
When friends get to play together, they can inspire each other to play better.
The 60-year-old's pairing with a fresh-out-of-college youngster worked out just fine.
A quick look at the third round at TPC Twin Cities.
He sank a 7-iron on the fourth hole for his latest professional ace; local favorite Troy Merritt remains in contention after a 66.
Backed by a reassuring gallery, the Spring Lake Park High School product climbed up the leaderboard.
Curtis Luck is doing well, two weeks after his childhood friend Hannah Green won at Hazeltine.
A quick look at the second round at TPC Twin Cities.
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.
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.
You know the favorites this week at TPC Twin Cities. But who is flying under the radar?
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.
Her round gave her the clubhouse lead going into the final groups Sunday.
Notes, quotes and anecdotes from Sunday's round at Hazeltine.
First-round 84 was the worst score of her pro career.
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.
Her key is focusing on her past titles, not missed cuts.
The rookie sensation was unfamiliar with Hazeltine until arriving this week.
The third LPGA major of the year is being held at Hazeltine National.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A quick look at the final day of the final 3M Championship.
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.
Asked Saturday about the 3M Open coming to the Twin Cities next July 4th, Nicklaus didn't hesitate to offer his thoughts.
At 8 under, he leads by two strokes, but a dozen players are lurking nearby.
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.
Goydos shot 20 under in last year's 3M Championship, including a tournament-record 60 in the second round.
Robert Gamez shined as a PGA Tour rookie; now he hopes to duplicate those results on the 50-and-up circuit.
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.
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
It was a Sunday struggle for Erik van Rooyen, but he birdied the final hole of his major debut.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 wins 3M after he clears the water and Gene Sauers doesn't on first playoff hole.
Goydos needed just 20 putts in his second round at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.
Co-leader Kenny Perry opened with six birdies in a row. A double bogey set Tom Lehman back.
A look at the first day of competition at TPC Twin Cities.
Week after week, the unflappable Bernhard Langer puts himself in the title hunt.
He's still in the top 25 on the money list and has four top-10 finishes this season.
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.
Feeling "rejuvenated" at age 56 after a winter away from the course, Kenny Perry decided to give the Champions Tour another go in 2017.
Struggles on course changed with rediscovery of playing magic and tour success.
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.
50-year-old will bring Wisconsin pride to Minnesota senior event.
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 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.
From the first tee to the closing hole, 18 questions to test your Ryder Cup knowledge.
Missed short putts aren't deal-breakers, as he keeps grinding and beats Jimenez in playoff
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.
In five years at the 3M Championship, Kenny Perry has finished no worse than a tie for seventh.
John Daly turned 50 in late April and is now one of the most recognizable faces — and bodies — on the PGA Tour Champions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Gophers coach J Robinson took a flight to Vegas and found a familiar face in the pilot, Chad Kraft.
Kenny Perry has barely a hiccup on his way to earning back-to-back 3M crowns.
Opening birdies, hole-in-one put the defending champ in position to repeat.