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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.
The Royals opened their pursuit of another title with a convincing 76-44 victory.
Brody Lamb, the state's scoring leader, led his team to a 7-3 victory over a No. 1 seed playing mostly with junior varsity players.
Kennedy Sanders scored 31 points to lead the Hawks in the battle of unbeaten teams.
Minnetonka is headed to the Class 2A state tournament for the third consecutive season after knocking off Holy Family Catholic 4-1 on Saturday.
Hunter Newhouse scored twice for the Skippers, sending them to next week's Class 2A, Section 2 championship game.
The Stars' Cara Sajevic scored the game-winner late in the third period against South St. Paul to complete a hat trick and send the program to the state tournament in its first year of varsity competition.
The Hawks led by 22 points at the half over the Falcons and didn't let go of the lead in the second.
The Red Knights scored first, took a 2-1 lead into the third period and got a pair of insurance goals 1 minute, 34 seconds apart
The Cougars, led by Tanner Ludtke's two goals, remained undefeated as they beat the Crimson.
Dylan Godbout led the Pioneers to a 7-3 rout of the Cadets, including a five-goal second period.
Freshmen Myah Krueger and Brooke Nelson each scored for the Ponies on senior day, showing how important the team's underclassmen are to success this season.
Kyle Kukkonen, the state's No. 2 points producer with 55 this year, powered the Crimson past the rival Huskies.
Sophie Hart scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half to help the Tigers remain unbeaten this season.
After just scoring two points in the opening half, Mallory Heyer went off for 16 points to help her Hawks rally back to beat the Trojans.
For the second time in nine days, the Knights were stung by a two-goal third period from the Hornets.
The Skippers' Hunter Newhouse had a rebound goal with less than a second on the game clock to tie the game at 3 in the third period.
Five Redhawks, led by Chet Holmgren who had a game-high 19 points, scored in double digits.
Behind Tre Holloman's strong effort, the Raiders beat previously unbeaten Mounds View, avenging an early loss
The Cougars had 14 points at the half but clawed back 49 points to get the three-point victory over the Crimson.
Donnavin Hinsz tied the game at the free throw line and went on to hit the game-winner.
Steve Persian, who helped lead the Mustangs to their last two state titles, left the program along with "the majority of the staff,'' he said in a text.
In addition to Francesca Vascellaro's performance, the Stars got big outings from Kassandra Caron and Grace Massaquoi who had 21 and 19 points, respectively.
Bradley Cimperman's three-pointer with seconds left in Friday's game gave the Royals the win after they surrendered a second-half lead as big as 12 points.
Taylor Woodson scored 21 points for the Royals, and teammates Amaya Battle and Maya Nnaji added 20 points apiece.
The Greyhounds got a game-high 22 points from Noah Paulson and Mattie Thompson chipped in 21 points.