PGA Tour Set For Long-Awaited Return To Twin Cities With 3M Open
Thursday's 3M Open will mark the PGA Tour's return to the Twin Cities for the first time since '69, but it remains to be seen if Minnesotans "accustomed to traveling north" for the Fourth of July will "attend in large numbers," according to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Minnesota golf fans supported a PGA Tour Champions fixture for "more than 25 years, nearly the last 20 at the TPC Twin Cities," where the 3M Open is set to take place. The event will feature five of the world’s top 25-ranked players, as well as a Zac Brown Band ticketed Friday night concert at the nearby National Sports Center stadium, with fireworks to follow. 3M Open Tournament Dir Hollis Cavner "won’t disclose advance ticket sales other than to call them 'very strong.'" He said that "certain ticket categories have sold out," but added that they will "continue to sell general-admission grounds tickets until when/if parking accommodating 45,000 fans fills" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/30). The 3M Open will take place two weeks before the Open Championship, "making it an ideal tune-up tournament" before the final major of '19 (GOLFWEEK.com, 6/30). In Minneapolis, Jim Souhan wrote Cavner "recruited a remarkably strong field" and "did so with relentless networking and old-fashioned hospitality." He "played host to decisionmakers and celebrities at his home in Augusta, Ga., during the Masters, and leaned on his reputation as someone who treats players well at his tournaments" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/2).
MOTOR CITY MESSAGES: In Detroit, Tony Paul noted players, fans and tournament officials have "almost universally described" the PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club as a "great week." Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner said, "The level of effort was unbelievable." The tournament "featured about 2,000 volunteers." Players "talked all week about how great the crowds were." Some said that the Tuesday practice-round crowds were "on par with what they typically see on Thursdays for most tournament weeks." Thursday's crowd was said to be "among the biggest on Tour for an opening round, outside of the majors." Even more, the crowd "doubled from Thursday to Friday, then doubled again from Friday to Saturday," and Sunday's crowd was "best of all." Saturday and Sunday "sold out" (DETROIT NEWS, 7/2). Paul in a separate piece wrote the tournament was "intriguing, and in the end quite exhilarating." The fan experience, "on a whole, was exceptional, on a number of fronts." The course conditions were "absolutely fantastic." By early Sunday afternoon, the merchandise tent at the Fan Zone was "picked almost completely clean" (DETROIT NEWS, 7/2). In Michigan, Jared Purcell wrote under the header, "Rocket Mortgage Classic A Success For Michigan's Golf-Starved Fans" (MLIVE.com, 7/1).