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Inside Look at The 3M Championship

Inside Look at The 3M Championship

This year’s champion, Tom Pernice, Jr., still competes on the PGA Tour on a regular basis.  He birdied the last two holes to win the tournament by one shot.  He made only two bogies in the entire tournament. Rod Spittle made one bogey, his 53rd hole of the tournament, in the entire tournament.  Ten players shot 13-under par or better; 19 players shot 11-under or better; 18 players shot 9-under or better; 38 players shot 7-under or better; 62 players shot under par for the tournament.

The yardage for the course was 7,000 yards and the greens stimped at over 11 feet for the tournament.  Like the advertisement says: these guys are good.  The quality of play gets better each year and will get better in the near future with players like Davis Love III about to turn 50 and Vijay Singh ready to start playing.
Mark Weibe shot 64 on Friday and did not leave Europe until Wednesday morning after winning The British Senior Open last week.  Tom Kite was 11-under par after 2 rounds and is about to turn 64 years old.  Jeff Sluman was 9-under par after 10 holes on Sunday and flirted with a 59 before finishing with a 62 and second place.  Corey Pavin tied for second and is the shortest driver on The Champions Tour!

There were five Minnesota players in the field, led by Tom Lehman, who was sick from his overseas travel and did not play the way he expected, at 8-under par.  John Harris shot 7 under par and Don Berry shot one-over par for the week.  Dave Podas and Jim Sorenson both played in their first Champions Tour event and found the level of play and difficult conditions very intimidating.  They will be better for the experience.

The “Greats of Golf” put on a very good show Saturday.  When Dave Stockton, Fuzzy Zoeller and Lee Trevino play in a scramble they will be very competitive because their short games are still world class.  The introduction of LPGA stars Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez and Pat Bradley was a huge success.  They were competitive, entertaining and inspirational for all the golf fans who attended in person and watched on TV.

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