“We’re really excited to welcome the fans back, to welcome our partners again, to welcome the golfers back, we’re just excited,” said Mike Welch, Tournament Director.
Last year, the event didn’t go as golfers or fans had hoped, as crowds weren’t allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this year it can go back to normal.
“We have fan favorites, Dustin Johnson, # 1 in the world, Ricky Fowler, Sergio Garcia, people who have never been to the 3M Open and who are going to see this for the first time,” said Welch.
There are also new air-conditioned seating areas for the public on the Back Nine, the 3M Science Hub and local food and drinks in the fan experience area.
The tournament also benefits young Minnesotans at Masonic Children’s Hospital by displaying golf balls with drawings from patients as a form of therapy and healing. They serve as a fundraiser for the hospital.
Organizers say the tournament has faced challenges as it went past July 4, 2019, had no spectators last year, and was sandwiched between a major golf event and the Olympics this year. But that doesn’t spoil the mood.
“It’s tough, but you are a new tournament, right, and you have to make a name for yourself somehow, and when you get on the PGA schedule you don’t argue about the placement you’re in, you just are.” I’m glad to be here, “said Welch.
Day tickets are still available and start at $ 65. The tournament runs from July 19th to 25th. More information is available online.