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Jim Souhan

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Jim Souhan is a sports columnist for the Star Tribune. He has worked at the paper since 1990, previously covering the Twins and Vikings.

Souhan was Sports Editor of his high school paper at Vianney in St. Louis. He wrote and edited for the Missourian at the University of Missouri, where he earned a journalism degree with an emphasis on American literature.
Recent content from Jim Souhan
Tiger Woods tips his cap after his final round at the Masters on Sunday. The five-time Masters champion made his record 24th consecutive cut at August

Souhan: Why Tiger Woods should keep swinging

Woods knows the end is near, but why rush toward it? Why not play, if you can still play? Tiger gave an answer with how he approached Sunday's final round at the Masters.
Scottie Scheffler celebrates his win at the Masters Tournament at Augusta National on Sunday in Augusta, Ga.

Souhan: Scheffler wins Masters again, shows what makes him special

Scottie Scheffler foot-shuffling swing doesn't look like the form of a champion. But the world's No. 1 player hasn't shot a round under par all season and now has two Masters titles.
Collin Morikawa jumps to line up a shot on the third hole during the final round at the Masters Tournament on Sunday in Augusta, Ga.

Morikawa falters in final round at Masters

Two double bogeys derailed Collin Morikawa's opportunity at a third major championship.
Tiger Woods walks over the Ben Hogan Bridge on the 12th hole during third round at the Masters on Saturday.

Keeping up with the Joneses who helped design Augusta National's classic back nine

Robert Trent Jones Sr. helped Bobby Jones alter the final nine holes at Augusta to produce the memorable finishing stretch at the Masters each year.
Scottie Scheffler hits from the pine straw on the third hole during third round at the Masters. Scheffler, the winner in 2022, holds a one-shot lead.

Souhan: Masters delivers class, drama atop the leaderboards

Scottie Scheffler recovered to lead an ideal field as the Masters enters the final round with three untainted, even likable, players atop the famed leaderboards.
When asked what would he do between Saturday’s round and Sunday’s tee time, Erik van Rooyen said, “Try and lick the wounds and go try and find s

Former Gophers golfer Van Rooyen finds himself in a hole at the Masters

Erik Van Rooyen and his caddie, former U teammate Alex Gaugert, were tested by fast greens and swirling winds at the third round at Augusta National.
Max Homa hit from the bunker on No. 18 Friday at The Masters.

Masters morning report: Max Homa will battle the pressure

Homa is tied for the lead entering today's final round at Augusta.
Bryson DeChambeau, center, carries a Masters directions sign along the 13th fairway after hitting into the trees during round two of the Masters tourn

DeChambeau sets himself apart at Masters, uprooting signpost for perfect shot

Bryson DeChambeau also explained inventing and 3-D printing his own irons to help correct his mishits with bolts to create the "gear effect" he desired.
Tiger Woods, despite a litany of aches and a fused right ankle at 48 years old, has his sights set on the leaderboards in Augusta.

Souhan: Tiger Woods works overtime to set Masters record

The 48-year-old legend made his 24th consecutive cut at Augusta but wants to get on the leaderboard.
Bryson DeChambeau walks on the 17th green during the first round at the Masters on Thursday. His approach to the game and other things are often uncon

Souhan: Milder DeChambeau takes first-round Masters lead

Bryson DeChambeau is a tinkerer, playing with irons he designed, and a provocateur in what he says or posts on social media. He put much of that aside at Augusta National on Thursday in shooting a 7-under 65.
Erik van Rooyen reacts after missing a putt on the seventh hole during the first round at the Masters on Thursday in Augusta, Ga.

Former U golfer finds success, learns acceptance at Masters

Erik van Rooyen experiences the variances of Augusta National on the first day of the Masters.
Tiger Woods waves after making a putt on the seventh hole during the first round at the Masters on Thursday.

Masters will resume early Friday after Thursday morning rain delay

Tiger Woods was playing well but was one of the golfers unable to complete their opening round at Augusta National.
Rory McIlroy walks off the 13th hole during a practice round prior to the 2024 Masters Tournament. (Tribune News Service)

Souhan at the Masters: A group to watch (now that weather's cleared)

Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele will tee off just after noon. Somehow, those three exceptional players have combined for only one green jacket.
When Scottie Scheffler is at his best, there's a driver or iron in his hands. At his worst, he's holding a putter.

Souhan: Shaky putter, peculiar footwork? That's world's top player.

Scottie Scheffler will take on the best field to assemble in the United States since June 2023 at a momentous time in professional golf's history.
Former Gophers golfer Erik van Rooyen worked on his game on the driving range Monday at Augusta National in preparation for the Masters.

Former Gopher van Rooyen hoping to finally make cut at third Masters

Erik van Rooyen had a dramatic victory on the PGA Tour in November.
Jon Rahm, of Spain, celebrates holding the Masters trophy winning the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 9, 2023,

Souhan: Masters champ Rahm should pair red face, green jacket

Golf's cold war continues with defending Masters champion Jon Rahm returning to Augusta as an LIV convert.
Prices for food are quite reasonable at the most famous golf tournament in the world.

Jim Souhan's Wednesday look at the Masters

A low-key day features the par-3 tournament, but no player interviews. Wednesday is the oddest day of the week at The Masters.
Tiger Woods tees off during a practice round at the Masters on Monday.

Tiger Woods says he thinks he can win Masters

The former golf superstar has played in only one tournament this year, however.
Tiger Woods plays a practice round at Augusta National on Monday.

Jim Souhan's six things to know about The Masters

Yes, Tiger Woods is playing. Yes, there's a Minnesota angle. Yes, you can expect to hear about PGA vs. LIV with players from both tours in Augusta.
Akshay Bhatia won the Texas Open on Sunday in San Antonio.

Souhan: A finish unlike any other gets 22-year-old into the Masters

Akshay Bhatia hit a birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff at Sunday's Texas Open, injured himself while celebrating and then won his spot in the Masters.
How will Vikings fans react to the team's move during this month's NFL draft?

Souhan: Do Vikings really need to trade up for a quarterback?

There will likely be a standout offensive lineman or defensive player available at the 11th pick, leaving their other first-round pick to take a QB. Is that a better move?
He didn't strike out here, but Twins right fielder Max Kepler personified the day's frustrations in the first inning: a ground out to Guardians starti

Souhan: The home opener's biggest story? Something that was missing.

Remember last week's Opening Day win by the Twins in Kansas City? Royce Lewis homered in his first at-bat and was injured running the bases after his second. That's a problem.
Glen Taylor and Alex Rodriguez in January 2023 at Target Center.

Souhan: In Wolves sale fight, who should fans be rooting for?

In this corner, there's Glen Taylor, the billionaire who saved the franchise from moving. In the other, a wildly successful entrepreneur and a former baseball superstar.
Clockwise from top left: Southern California's JuJu Watkins, Connecticut's Paige Bueckers, Iowa's Caitlin Clark and South Carolina's Tessa Johnson.

Souhan: Want the best of NCAA basketball? Watch the women.

The NCAA women's bracket is far more interesting than the men's, with superstar players, dynamic coaches and plenty of heavyweight programs showing off their skill.
Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and head coach Kevin O’Connell face tenure-defining decisions this April.

Souhan: Vikings about to enter pivotal month in franchise history

General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and head coach Kevin O'Connell are about to make the decisions that will either get them fired or pave a road toward competitiveness and relative career longevity.
The Twins' Carlos Correa delivers one of his three hits, an RBI double during the third inning, against the Royals in the season opener on Thursday.

Souhan: Injury-plagued Twins opener still offers some reassurance

The Twins may have lost two players in one game, but it's the pair who didn't miss a beat that should offer injury-paranoid fans some relief.
The Twins offense should be strong enough for frequent celebrations like this one following a Royce Lewis grand slam last season.

Souhan: Crack of Twins' bats should be loud and lasting this season

The Twins' lineup could be strong enough for us to forget at times about all the concerns surrounding the pitching staff.
Wolves forward Jaden McDaniels (3) blocks a shot by Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in the second quarter. Among the spectators was Rudy Gobert (

Souhan: Green's return brings back rougher memories

Remember last spring's frustrated punches? The Wolves aren't angels, but it's been a while since anything like the antics from Draymond Green — or Wolves teams of yore.
Nick Leddy, shown against Philadelphia, was once a first-round draft pick for the Wild after playing for Eden Prairie and the Gophers.

Souhan: Eden Prairie's Leddy celebrates 1,000 against team that drafted him

It's been a long time since Nick Leddy played for a Minnesota team, but a homecoming for his 1,000th NHL game was an emotional moment in more ways than one.
Anthony Edwards is all smiles after making a shot earlier this week at Target Center.

Souhan: Face of the franchise? Edwards could steal Face of the NBA status.

"He's the closest thing I've seen, mentally and physically, to Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan," an ex-Wolves player and coach said. And how does Jordan feel about that?
Blake Snell has won the Cy Young Award twice, including last season with San Diego, but he remained on the free agent market until late in spring trai

Souhan: Going to Snell would have been great, gutsy move by Twins.

Only two things matter really in spring training: health and acquisitions. On Monday, it became clear the Twins don't have the former — and that they should have been better at exploring the latter.
Former Gophers coaches Dan Monson, left, pictured in December 2005, and Richard Pitino, right, in December 2018, are both in the NCAA West grouping th

Souhan: Two coaches who struggled at U win spots in March Madness

Richard Pitino and Dan Monson, who struggled before leaving Minnesota for schools in lesser conferences, have teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. How should Gophers fans feel about that?
Kwesi Adofo-Mensah gets to remake the Vikings quarterback position.

Souhan: Critical QB test for Vikings GM is fair and career-defining

Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah now sits on the hottest seat in Minnesota sports, and that seat no longer features a safety belt.
Matt Boldy rushes to congratulate Kirill Kaprizov after Kaprizov scored his third goal of the game Sunday.

Souhan: Kaprizov & Co. need to get Wild out of this rut

The franchise can't afford to make another Suter-Parise signing. This summer's draft won't provide an immediate boost. Who can fix the Wild? Themselves.
Wolves star Karl Anthony Towns reacted after a third-quarter play Sunday against the Clippers.

Souhan: Best in the West? Wolves tumble from top of conference.

Sunday's loss to the Clippers raised a batch of issues and a revision of the columnist's power rankings in the Western Conference. Here's how it looks now.
Gophers guard Elijah Hawkins celebrates hitting a three-pointer against Penn State in the second half Saturday at Williams Arena.

Souhan: Gophers lucky to have player like Hawkins coming back next year

Elijah Hawkins sustained the Gophers' hopes of playing longer this season; the transfer portal product has been making the team his own.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid, right, goes up for a shot as San Antonio Spurs guard Tre Jones (33) defends during the first half of an NBA ba

Souhan: Wolves' Reid doesn't start, but he's still found a way to lead

Naz Reid is a force off the bench for the Timberwolves, and he has company. Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kyle Anderson combine with Reid to form a tremendous reserve trio.
Wake Forest fans were already storming the court Saturday when the victory over Duke was ending.

Souhan: Hockey fights and court storming. Make them go away!

Why do we need to wait until after someone -- a college basketball player, a hockey 'enforcer' -- gets seriously hurt before changes are made?
Apple Valley head coach Zach Goring directs the team during the second half against Cretin-Derham Hall. ] (Aaron Lavinsky | StarTribune) Cretin-Derham

Souhan: Three-time state champion coach finds new joy as youth referee

Former Apple Valley coach Zach Goring won state titles with future NBA stars, but he's happiest these days adjudicating third-graders.
Expect Kirk Cousins to be talking with Vikings beat reporters again next season, Jim Souhan believes.

Souhan: How did 'Cousins will stay in Minnesota' become a hot take?

Speculation season is here, and it's spinning Kirk Cousins to Atlanta and everywhere else but Minnesota. Here's why that's unlikely.
Alex Rodriguez is one of many Minnesotans thrilled with Mike Conley's performance.

Souhan: The Timberwolves franchise has never been better than right now

For all the success of the Kevin Garnett era, locking up point guard Mike Conley shows the Wolves not only plan to be great this season but far into the future.
The Gophers would complete a dramatic turnaround by getting a bid to the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Souhan: I'm saying there's a chance. U men can make March Madness.

If Ben Johnson can coax this team into the NCAA tournament, he should be in line for a contract extension for winning under the most difficult of circumstances.
American Gus Schumacher, center, celebrates winning the men's 10-kilometer World Cup race Sunday at Theodore Wirth Park. Harald Oestberg Amundsen of N

Souhan: American's stunning win was another Minneapolis Miracle

The weekend World Cup event at Theodore Wirth Park in north Minneapolis was a success just by existing. Then 23-year-old Alaskan Gus Schumacher added a miracle on the snow.
Anthony Edwards, MVP candidate?

Souhan: Dear NBA media, meet the Wolves. They're not the team you recall.

The national basketball media is in Indianapolis to cover the All-Star Game, which, strangely, features two Timberwolves players and their head coach. Here's a cheat sheet for them.
Starting pitcher Joe Ryan (in red) and the rest of the Twins, shown working out Wednesday in Fort Myers, Fla., need to stay healthy if the team is to

Souhan: Twins should be better … unless that least-favorite 'if' returns

Minnesota sports fans might be sick of hearing it, but it's so true for these Twins: If they can stay healthy, they'll be even better in 2024.
Target Field goes wild when Twins closer Jhoan Duran enters the game.

Souhan: Why Twins' pitching plan can be both unpopular, successful

You may want the team to sign a star starting pitcher. The Twins are taking the opposite approach in bolstering their bullpen, which could prove brilliant.
The Chiefs looked like the lesser team for much of Super Bowl LVIII. Then Patrick Mahomes got going — and proved why he's the center of a dynasty.

Souhan: Mahomes does it again as his legend continues to grow

Brady's still got the GOAT quarterback resume. But Souhan's backing Mahomes to beat it one day.
Yes, obviously, Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift will determine who wins the Super Bowl, the next presidential election and the next Nathan’s Hot Dog E

Souhan: Don't believe everything you read about Taylor and Travis

Publicity stunt? Political psy-op? A very serious Star Tribune investigation reveals a billion-dollar league and two megastar celebrities in obvious dire straits.
Twins right fielder Torii Hunter celebrated with teammates after scoring in the fourth inning at Target Field Wednesday.

Souhan: Upon further review, should Hunter be in the Hall of Fame?

It didn't initially seem like Torii Hunter was a Hall of Famer, but he was one of baseball's best center fielders and also had hitting numbers that make him worthy of Cooperstown.
Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen talked with head coach Cheryl Reeve during a game at Target Center in September 2011. Since Whalen's retirement in 2018, Ree

Souhan: Lynx search for 'next Whalen' goes on and on and on

The Lynx have tried plenty of point guard solutions since Lindsay Whalen retired six years ago. Here are two WNBA veterans looking to fill that role in 2024.
The Timberwolves' victory over the Rockets on Sunday means Chris Finch, shown in a game against Oklahoma City in January, will coach at the All-Star G

Souhan: Despite flaws, Wolves making this a season to remember

A flawed stretch and sloppy game can't detract from the Timberwolves' overall success this season.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) left and receiver Justin Jefferson (18) celebrated Minnesota Vikings Adam Thielen (19) third quarter to

Souhan: Five steps the Vikings need to take this offseason

Let's start here: If the Vikings are sincere about wanting to re-sign Kirk Cousins (and Cousins is sincere about wanting to stay in Minnesota) there's an easy deal to be made.
Edouard Julien donned the "Land of 10,000 Rakes" fishing vest in the dugout after his eighth-inning pinch-hit homer put the Twins ahead for good in an

Souhan: Seven reasons trading Polanco makes sense for the Twins

Yes, the trade will annoy fans. But it also served a purpose when you look at what the Twins infield should look like in 2024 (and beyond).
Headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame, sooner or later: Joe Mauer.


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Souhan: 7 things I'll remember about Mauer, St. Paul's Hall-worthy star

Don't allow anything — not "bilateral leg weakness," a career-altering concussion or a lack of home-run power — to obscure the heart of Joe Mauer's incredible story.
Injured quarterback Kirk Cousins watched from the sideline as the Vikings played the Packers on Dec. 31, 2023, at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Souhan: Turns out injury made Cousins more valuable to Vikings

The Vikings couldn't find a suitable fill-in and didn't make the playoffs, which reframed the team's QB conversations for the future..
Grace Zumwinkle (13) leads the PWHL in goals with five.

Souhan: Minnesota star on the message the PWHL sends girls: 'It's just so cool'

As a kindergartner, Grace Zumwinkle forced her way into hockey. The new pro league issues an invitation.
The Vikings were not overly successful in Bud Grant’s final seven seasons, winning just one playoff game in that time.

Souhan: How long would Bud Grant last in today's NFL?

The coaching carousel is spinning into a blur as NFL franchises pivot and pivot again. Yesterday's coaching legends had luxuries of time and patience that are extinct in modern pro football.

Souhan: Gophers promising season gets cold hit of reality in loss to Iowa

The Hawkeyes' backdoor kept opening at The Barn, leaving Gophers coaches frustrated and leading to yet another trap-door loss.
Former University of Minnesota Final Four women's basketball coach Pam Borton,right hugged former player Lindsay Whalen during a celebration of the 20

Souhan: Battle-tested big shot honors Gophers alums

Sophomore Amaya Battle saw her work pay off with a clinching three-pointer against Nebraska in front of former Gophers coach Lindsay Whalen and 97 other alumni.
Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh shook hands with Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck after this fall’s game.

Souhan: Vikings could have had Harbaugh, or Carroll, or Tomlin or ...

The Vikings are in good hands with Kevin O'Connell. That doesn't stop the "what might have been" thoughts from rolling in as coaching news rolls out.

Souhan: Rodgers should go on a long walk to the end of the Earth

And ESPN's Pat McAfee is proving himself just as worthless, after the two combined again to spread lies over the air. Time to change the channel.
The Vikings can choose from among quarterback strategies that involve, clockwise from left, Kirk Cousins, J.J. McCarthy or Michael Penix Jr., or some

Souhan: Here is my ranking of the four possible Vikings QB outcomes

Kirk Cousins again? Draft a rookie? How 'bout both of those things? The Vikings have a fascinating QB decision awaiting them.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) was tackled in the back field for a 9 yard loss by Detroit Lions defensive end Levi Onwuzurike (

Souhan: Paranoid about Jefferson leaving the Vikings? Don't bet on it.

Justin Jefferson had 12 receptions for 192 yards and a score in the season finale against Detroit. He deserves a new contract and the Vikings will need to pay whatever it takes.

Souhan: Built to win, devastated by injuries, this year's Vikings leave fans apathetic

"Next man up" only works if the next man up can actually do the job well.
Washington Wizards' Tyus Jones (5) drives the ball as Atlanta Hawks' Patty Mills (8) tries to block during the first half of an NBA basketball game Su

Souhan: Tyus Jones is exactly the roster upgrade the Wolves need

Apple Valley alum and former Timberwolf Tyus Jones would give the Wolves two smart, starting-caliber point guards.
Wishes for 2024? Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and the Vikings need to draft better, Target Center fans need to simply enjoy Mike Conley, P.J. Fleck needs to rem

Souhan: New Year's resolutions for Minnesota sports fans and teams

The Minnesota sports programs all have some work to do. As fans, if you don't like the results on the scoreboard you can at least bask in the venues.

Souhan: I wanted Jaren Hall to be the Vikings QB. My bad.

The Vikings' embarrassing loss to Packers elevates Kirk Cousins' value as another backup bungles a game.
Matt LaFleur (left) and Kevin O’Connell head into Sunday’s matchup without the quarterbacks they’d prefer.

Souhan: O'Connell, LaFleur head for another lesson on importance of QBs

The Vikings and Packers coaches will send Jaren Hall and Jordan Love into an important game instead of Kirk Cousins and Aaron Rodgers.
The Lions defense forced Minnesota Vikings quarterback Nick Mullens (12) to throw and incomplete pass in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium in Mi

Souhan: Give me anyone but Mullens at quarterback for the Vikings

After the game, Nick Mullens called himself a "very good quarterback." Mullens must be confusing himself with someone else.
Which quarterback will lead the Vikings onto the field next season? Will it be Kirk Cousins (8), who’s unsigned past this year?

Souhan: Vikings stuck in the middle of standings, QB search

The top teams in the AFC and NFC have taken different approaches at quarterback, leaving the Vikings with more questions than answers.

Souhan: Who needs the Lakers? This season, not Minneapolis

For the first time, the Wolves have it better in almost every way.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell walks off the field after an overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in an NFL football game Saturday, De

Souhan: Tush push? Lumbar lunge? Ban play that dumbs down football.

It isn't a real football play. The tush push, or whatever you want to call it, should be illegal for a number of reasons. It also bit the Vikings in the butt during their loss to the Bengals.
Nick Mullens was not the answer at quarterback for the Vikings, writes Jim Souhan.

Souhan: Did Vikings lose because of bad pushes or Mullens' bad picks?

It's time for the Vikings to try another quarterback. Come on down, Jaren Hall.

Souhan: Vikings defying odds, for now, with their many quarterbacks

Nick Mullens is the Vikings' fourth starting quarterback. Can he be their fourth quarterback to earn a win in a season that is affirming some NFL truths?

Souhan: Wilfs need to do whatever it takes for Vikings to keep Flores

Brian Flores, the Vikings' first-year defensive coordinator, has become the best reason to believe this team can make the playoffs. They need to keep him beyond this season.