This week, the Champions Tour visits Blaine, Minn., for the 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities. The tournament is the 16th of 26 Charles Schwab Cup events. The purse is $1.75 million with the winner set to earn $262,500. Last year, Bernhard Langer chipped in for eagle on the final hole to snatch a dramatic one-stroke victory over Andy Bean.
• Bernhard Langer won the U.S. Senior Open Championship at Sahalee CC, marking back-to-back major victories on the Champions Tour. Langer won the Senior British Open at Carnoustie the week before. It is the first time since 2003 that a player has achieved the feat (Tom Watson, Senior British Open/JELD-WEN Tradition).
• Langer surged further ahead in the Charles Schwab Cup points standings with his win at Sahalee. Langer earned 940 points and now leads by 397 points over Fred Couples. Here is a look at the current top five:
• D.A. Weibring hosted four "Wounded Warriors" from the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in an exhibition during U.S. Senior Open week. The course in Pierce County is run by volunteers and provides recreation for disabled soldiers and other veterans. Jack Nicklaus is donating his design services for a second nine at the course and fundraising for construction is under way.
• Peter Jacobsen withdrew from the U.S. Senior Open during the second round and is scheduled to have back surgery this Wednesday, effectively ending his season.
• Dick Mast and Tom Pernice Jr. both missed the cut at The Greenbrier Classic.
• Watson was recently awarded honorary life membership on the European Tour.
• World Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Price has been selected to receive the 2011 Old Tom Morris Award by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). The award will be presented during the 2011 GCSAA Education Conference to be held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show (Feb. 9-10) at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
• John Harris, the former University of Minnesota golfer and hockey player who spent the past eight seasons on the Champions Tour, has been named director of golf for the Gophers. Harris' lone Champions Tour victory came at the 2006 Commerce Bank Championship.
• Minnesota native Tom Lehman will make his first Champions Tour appearance in the Minneapolis area at the 3M Championship.
• Dana Quigley is scheduled to return to competition at the 3M Championship after being sidelined since early this year following right shoulder surgery. Quigley set a Champions Tour record by playing in 277 consecutive events.
• Last year, the 3M Championship was the first event on the Champions Tour to offer week-long free admission. Fans can enjoy the same treat this year.
• TPC Twin Cities, site of the 3M Championship, opened in June 2000. This year marks the ten-year anniversary of the facility along with its 10th year as host of the tournament.
• Two youngsters from the local First Tee chapter will act as Junior Course Reporters at the 3M Championship. This is the first time the PGA TOUR's Junior Course Reporters program has been implemented on the Champions Tour.
• This year's Greats of Golf Challenge, a two-man team, 36-hole exhibition will take place on Saturday and Sunday of tournament week.
• World Golf Hall of Fame member Watson was recently named the 2010 Ambassador of Golf by Northern Ohio Golf Charities, an award which is presented annually to a person or persons who have fostered the ideals of the game on an international level and whose concern for others extends beyond the golf course. Watson will be honored on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at Firestone CC, in conjunction with the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
ON THIS DATE
• 8/7/03 -- Chip Beck records the first par-4 ace in Nationwide Tour history during the first round of the 2003 Omaha Classic (No. 9).
• 8/7/05 -- Tom Purtzer goes wire-to-wire to win the 3M Championship near Minneapolis.
QUOTES TO NOTE
• "I know I can play well a few times a year on the PGA TOUR and finish top 15, but I'd rather be out here (on the Champions Tour) where I know I have a chance to win every week. I want to win, and finishing top 15 is not my idea of fun" -- Tom Lehman, after two weeks in Scotland where he finished T14 at the Open Championship and T11 at the Senior British Open.
• "I've probably played some of my best golf these last two weeks from tee-to-green" -- Bernhard Langer, after Sunday's win at the U.S. Senior Open on the heels of his victory in the Senior British Open at Carnoustie.
• "You can't go over them, you can't go through them and sometimes you can't go around them" -- Fred Funk's opinion of the gigantic trees at Sahalee CC, site of last week's U.S. Senior Open.