The PGA Tour announced an agreement this morning with 3M which will move the Champions Tour event in Minnesota to the big tour, starting in 2019.
The new deal is reportedly for seven years, running through 2025.
Titled the 3M Open, the new tournament will be contested at TPC Twin Cities, the same venue where the Champions Tour’s event (3M Championship) is contested. The long-running 3M Championship got started in 1993, and is one of the more popular stops on the senior circuit.
No date has been set but it is expected to replace The National, an event which has struggled recently, and will be contested this season without a title sponsor.
The 3M Open announcement is part of a larger overhaul to the PGA Tour’s 2019 schedule, which will move the PGA Championship to May and the PLAYERS to March – making way for an earlier start to the FedExCup playoffs.
“We are delighted to partner with 3M for this new PGA Tour event in the Twin Cities, a community that has shown tremendous support for professional golf over the years with PGA TOUR Champions, the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup, and has deservedly played host to the biggest events in sports – Super Bowls, Final Fours, among them,” said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.
“The 3M Open will also continue 3M’s commitment to charity and positively impacting lives.”