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The first 3M Open kicks off in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul this weekend, July 4-7, at the TPC Twin Cities. While it is the first time the event takes place on the PGA Tour, the event has its roots in the PGA Tour Champions event known as the 3M Championship. That event was held at the TPC Twin Cities from 1993 until last year, when it was announced that Minnesota would be receiving its first recurring PGA Tour event in over 50 years. The field for the inaugural event looks strong with Brooks Koepka, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson and Patrick Reed all scheduled to take part in the event.
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The TPC Twin Cities first opened in 2000 with a course designed by legendary golfer and famed course designer Arnold Palmer. The course has been upgraded this year to increase the challenge for PGA Tour players, but remains otherwise unchanged from Palmer's initial design. The layout features water heavily, with over 27 separate bodies of water including some use of natural wetlands. Holes that are surrounded by water feature forested surrounding ready to punish errant shots. Still, the course is seen as forgiving and fans should expect a lot of birdies this weekend in Minnesota.
Fans looking to attend the 3M Open have multiple ticket options. Basic grounds tickets range from $30-$45 depending on the day, with weekly grounds passes costing $240. In addition, youth 17 and under will be given free grounds tickets when accompanied by a paying adult. Free tickets are also available for active, reserve, and veteran member of the armed forces, and include entry to the Polaris Patriots’ Outpost for military members and their families. Military ID is required for entry.
Hospitality venues available include the 19th Hole, a climate controlled environment located on the 18th hole. For $125, fans can enjoy excellent views of the action in comfort and enjoy upgraded food & beverage options available for purchase. Spectators can also enjoy access to Arnie’s Cabin, a climate controlled venue located near the 18th green, for $400. This package includes complimentary food and beverage, including full bar access, and a complimentary ticket to see the Zac Brown Band perform at the National Sports Center complex Friday night.
Television coverage of the 3M Open is provided by the Golf Channel and CBS. Thursday and Friday rounds will be shown on Golf Channel 2-6pm ET. Coverage Saturday and Sunday begins on Golf Channel 1-2:45pm ET before switching to CBS from 3-6pm ET. Online streaming coverage is provided by PGA Tour Live for all 4 rounds. Radio coverage is also available through PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and streaming online on PGATour.com