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Scores and results from around the metro.
Still in search of his first PGA Tour win, Beau Hossler scorched TPC Twin Cities for eight birdies in a row and a record-tying 62 on Sunday that still left him well out of the lead.
A long-range bogey putt thrilled those following Frankie Capan III on Saturday, but the 23-year-old was most upset with the shots that followed.
They will not be around for the weekend but regardless, the experiences PGA Tour pro Erik van Rooyen and usual caddie Alex Gaugert had will not be forgotten.
Justin Thomas shot a 69 and said "it felt like a blow-dryer out there" at TPC Twin Cities.
A 49-foot eagle putt was part of an opening-nine 6-under-par 30 start for defending champion Tony Finau, but he trailed the morning-round leaders after 18 holes.
Caleb VanArragon earned a spot in the 3M Open thanks to his record-setting performances in the Minnesota Men's Amateur and State Open. Sister Kathryn was there to cheer him on fresh off a big win of her own.
The fifth edition of the 3M Open gets underway at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. Here's how you can see the action in person or on TV — and who some of the top players are in the field.
Sepp Straka, a native of Austria, seems likely to be on Europe's Ryder Cup team and comes to the TPC Twin Cities on a roll.
Thomas Lehman, son of Minnesota's major-winning golf icon Tom Lehman, earned a sponsor's exemption into this week's 3M Open. The elder Lehman had a hand in the course' design and re-design.
General admission tickets for play on Thursday through Sunday are $65.
Saying the new look is "inspired by the past" and "built for the future" the Twins rolled out a baseball diamond shaped catwalk to unveil the fresh design. It's the first major overhaul of the team's uniform since 1987.
Tyler Mahle, who left Wednesday's start because of shoulder fatigue, says he feels no pain in his throwing shoulder, but the Twins are worried about recurrence.
The event will be played Saturday at Sunday at The Meadows at Mystic Lake in Prior Lake.
Troy Merritt made happy memories in his return to the Twin Cities, albeit not with his miserable putting.
Seventy-four fellow golf professionals, Mother Nature and a nagging blister. All tried to hold Scott Piercy back Saturday at the 3M Open in Blaine.
Danny Willett, a former Masters champion, shot a 5-under 66 and is in good position for a top-10 finish.
Updates from around the TPC Twin Cities course, including notes on Emiliano Grillo, Troy Merritt, Jeff Overton and 2020 winner Michael Thompson.
Paul Goydos, now 58, says he will be fine if he can make some putts this week at the 3M Open. He won the 3M Championship in 2017 with 33 putts over a 30-hole stretch.
The South Korean standout is fresh off competing at the British Open.
The field includes last year's Masters champion, a member of the most recent U.S. Ryder Cip team and a former No. 1 golfer in the world rankings.
The PGA Tour event runs from Thursday through Sunday at the TPC Twin Cities.
The 2022 3M Open in Blaine begins on Thursday, but events start two days before.
Hollis Cavner, executive director of next month's 3M Open in Blaine, said almost all the players leaving the PGA Tour are 'at the end of their career or never had a career.'
The Minnesota Aurora FC defeated Chicago City SC 3-1 at TCO Stadium in the USL W League to stay unbeaten in the first of three straight games between the two teams.
Notes, quotes and anecdotes from Sunday at TPC Twin Cities.
Two years after Matthew Wolff won and Viktor Hovland performed well at the 3M Open as sponsor exemptions, Austin Eckroat tied for 16th in only his fourth pro event.
Patrick Reed became a last-minute replacement after Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for COVID-19 prior to competition in Tokyo.
The 18th hole played to the highest par-5 average to par on the PGA Tour this season.
Keith Mitchell made seven birdies in a row to begin his third round at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, a mark just three other PGA Tour players have reached.
Hours after pulling out of the tournament in Blaine citing a knee injury, Grayson Murray took to his verified Twitter account to bash the PGA Tour saying it does not help players.
Looking for Dustin Johnson this weekend? Don't bother looking at TPC Twin Cities.
All four of the U.S. men's golf Olympians from 2016 played this week at the 3M Open in Blaine.
If the morning wave is any indication, players the rest of Friday are going to enjoy a birdie-fest at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.
Adam Schenk was among those players who can't complain at all after the first round.
Steve Stricker has six captain's picks to make before September's Ryder Cup.
Scott Stallings, a three-time PGA Tour winner, made three birdies in a row on holes 5-7 then rolled in four more on Nos. 10-13 and led the field at 8-under through 17 holes.
At age 32, fan favorite Rickie Fowler is on the cut line for the PGA Tour playoffs, which he has never missed as a full-time professional.
A year after crowing a champion in front of no spectators, the 3M Open returns to action this week at TPC Twin Cities. There is plenty for fans to see.
Simley's Reese McCauley and Roseville's Olivia Salonek each shot 2-under 70s.
The Lakers' Justin Simonson had three goals against Edina, clinching his team a state tournament berth with the victory.
The Lakers came back from a two-goal deficit at halftime with seven unanswered goals in the second half to advance to the state tournament.
The Cougars were down by two runs in the seventh inning but rallied to top the Crimson in eight.
The Section 3 winners emerged from the losers' bracket to make their first state tourney since 1993.
The Storm were up early, but the Sabers made it a close score in the final minutes of the game.
Emily Moes recorded a game-high seven goals in the Cougars' victory.
The Bears, averaging 15 goals per game this season, scored just three times while the Jaguars took advantage of a litany of Bears penalties.
Senior Ben Johnson's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning led the Wolfpack to a narrow victory over the Raiders.
The Cougars needed one offensive outburst to propel themselves over the Elks on Tuesday.
Sophie Melsness worked her magic in scoring each run for the Red Knights to down the Huskies.
Erin Lee and Ellie Morrison each had five goals, helping the Bears to their sixth consecutive victory.
The Sabers methodically moved through the game to beat the Irish on a rainy evening.
Hunter Gerber took advantage for the Crimson with the bases loaded in the seventh to beat the Rebels.
Logan Anderson recorded three hits, including a two-run home run, to help lead the Rangers to their seventh consecutive win.
The Hornets used a nine-goal first half to gain some space on the Skippers en route to a victory.
Lance Goeschel led the way for the Lakers at the plate, going 3-for-3, coming up a home run shy of the cycle.
Sisters Heidi and Chloe Barber broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of home runs to help the Bears defeat the Raiders.
The Ponies' Aidan Anderson scored three times, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter.
After falling behind 2-0, the Storm rattled off 11 goals to finish the first half with a commanding lead over the Red Knights.
Cat Smetana hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to push the Ponies past the Raptors in a Suburban East Conference matchup.
The Skippers had seven goals in the second half to run away with a victory over the Eagles.
Nick Argento allowed just one run and struck out nine batters, helping the Trojans secure a 4-1 win over Minnetonka
The Warriors used an 18-goal first half to build a comfortable lead over the Stealth on Friday.
Ben Mickett scored twice for the Lakers in the victory.
The Falcons flew to their first win of the season with six players scoring two goals apiece.
The Storm capitalized in extra innings to beat the Raiders 1-0.
Gentry Academy and Dodge County had atypical success in reaching the title game in their first state tournament appearance.
Notes, quotes and anecdotes from the last day of the girls' state hockey tournament.
The back-and-forth game featured a wild third period with the teams scoring four goals in 99 seconds.
Little Falls and Dodge County offer examples of kids forming deep bonds starting when they were old enough to skate.
Eden Prairie, Lakeville South and Maple Grove each have two players listed among those who excelled in Class 2A quarterfinals.
Boys' basketball story lines: Minnehaha Academy chasing fifth title in as many state tournament trips
After a one-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, the boys open their high school basketball state tournament Wednesday with 16 quarterfinals games across four classes.
The quarterfinals aren't seeded 1 through 5 with three random selections like in the past. They are broken down into two groups (North and South), with each being seeded 1 through 4.
Junior defenseman George Moore scored midway through the third period and gave his Flyers the winning goal.
The Irish's 52-44 victory was the program's first in a state tournament since 1990.