Official PGA TOUR Event Sponsored by 3M Coming to Minnesota in 2019

3M and the PGA TOUR today announced an agreement to bring an official
PGA TOUR event to the Twin Cities beginning in 2019. Hosted by the
nonprofit 3M Open Fund, the seven-year deal will bring the world’s top
golfers to TPC Twin Cities in Blaine for a new FedExCup Season event,
the 3M Open, beginning next summer.

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The 2019 dates for the 3M Open will be made official in the coming weeks
as part of the PGA TOUR’s 2018-19 schedule announcement.

The 3M Open will build off the success and momentum of the 3M
Championship, the current PGA TOUR Champions event at TPC Twin Cities.
The 3M Championship, which dates back to 1993, will be contested for the
last time on August 3-5, 2018, with Paul Goydos defending his 2017 title.

In 2019, the playing of the 3M Open will mark the first official PGA
TOUR event in Minnesota since the 2009 PGA Championship, won in
thrilling fashion by Y.E. Yang over Tiger Woods at Hazeltine National
Golf Club in Chaska.

“3M is honored to welcome the top players on the PGA TOUR to the Twin
Cities, and we look forward to the many opportunities this tournament
will bring to support our community,” said Paul Keel, 3M senior vice
president of Business Development and Marketing-Sales. “We’ve formed a
great relationship with PGA TOUR Champions over the last 25 years and
are excited to build on that partnership with the 3M Open.”

“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.”

3M’s long-time PGA TOUR Champions partner Pro Links Sports will manage
the 3M Open. Together, over the past 25 years, the 3M Championship has
raised more than $26 million for Minnesotans and their families to lead
healthier, fuller lives. Dollars raised from the event have built new
operating rooms, funded cancer and heart research and improved emergency
rooms in the Twin Cities. As the tournament transitions to the 3M Open,
the 3M Open Fund will donate all the proceeds from the tournament to
local organizations.

“I would like to thank 3M for their tremendous support of PGA TOUR
Champions golf, and with their continued commitment we now have the
opportunity to bring PGA TOUR golf to the fans of Minnesota every year,”
said Pro Links Sports Executive Director Hollis Cavner. “We’ve been able
to donate millions of dollars to charity and we expect to do even more
with the 3M Open. This is a true win for Minnesota.”

About 3MAt 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to
improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 91,000 employees
connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s
creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or
on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

About PGA TOURBy showcasing golf’s greatest players, the
PGA TOUR engages, inspires and positively impacts our fans, partners and
communities worldwide.

The PGA TOUR co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA
TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA
TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series-China. Members on the PGA TOUR represent
the world’s best players, hailing from 27 countries outside the United
States (87 active international members). Worldwide, PGA TOUR
tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 226
countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are
organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving. In
2017, tournaments across all Tours generated a record of more than $180
million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the
all-time total to $2.65 billion.

The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.COM,
the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte
Vedra Beach, Florida.

About TPC Twin CitiesConsistently ranked by Golf Digest
among the top 20 golf courses in Minnesota, TPC Twin Cities’ par-72,
7,164-yard championship golf course was designed by legendary golfer and
golf course architect Arnold Palmer to blend seamlessly with the natural
rolling terrain. Located just minutes north of Minneapolis and St. Paul,
Palmer sculpted a serene masterpiece spread across 235 acres of
breathtaking countryside, featuring Bentgrass tees, fairways and greens,
native prairie grasses, picturesque wetlands and 27 bodies of water, all
framed by stately stands of mature oak, spruce and pine trees. The
course was collaborated with PGA TOUR player consultant and Minnesota
native Tom Lehman, and has served as proud host to the PGA TOUR
Champions 3M Championship since 2001.

About Pro Links SportsSince 1993, Pro Links Sports has
worked with companies throughout the world to implement customized,
full-service golf programs to fit their particular needs and objectives.
Companies turn to us for our knowledge of golf, our unparalleled service
and our attention to detail. We are a dynamic sports marketing firm that
specializes in providing partners with first class service. We take a
client-first approach when partnering to provide our expertise in event
management, sponsorship activation, corporate hospitality, and/or
corporate consulting. In addition to the 3M Open, Pro Links Sports
manages two other PGA TOUR events, three PGA TOUR Champions events and
serves as sports agency of record for several Fortune 500 companies and
other professional golf events. To learn more about Pro Links Sports,
visit www.prolinkssports.com.

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