When 3M became the title sponsor in 2001, the tournament was moved to the TPC Twin Cities in Blane, a suburb of Minneapolis.
The inimitable Chi Chi Rodriguez was the tournament’s first winner.
3M stands for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing. The company employs 88,000 people in manufacturing 55,000 products, including: adhesives, abrasives, laminates, passive fire protection, dental and orthodontic products, electronic materials, medical products, car-care products (sun films, polish, wax, car shampoo, treatment for the exterior, interior and the under chassis rust protection), electronic circuits, and optical films.
At one point, the company made a line of 3M board games, many of which I still own. My favorite is Twixt.
A complete list of 3M Championship Winners follows:
3M Championship Winners
|2017||Paul Goydos||United States||196 (-20)||Playoff|
|2016||Joe Durant||United States||197 (-19)||Playoff|
|2015||Kenny Perry (2)||United States||198 (-18)||4 strokes|
|2014||Kenny Perry||United States||193 (-23)||1 stroke|
|2013||Tom Pernice, Jr.||United States||199 (-17)||1 stroke|
|2012||Bernhard Langer (2)||Germany||198 (-18)||2 strokes|
|2011||Jay Haas||United States||201 (-15)||1 stroke|
|2010||David Frost||South Africa||191 (-25)||7 strokes|
|2009||Bernhard Langer||Germany||200 (-16)||1 stroke|
|2008||R. W. Eaks||United States||193 (-23)||6 strokes|
|2007||D. A. Weibring||United States||198 (-18)||1 stroke|
|2006||David Edwards||United States||204 (-12)||2 strokes|
|2005||Tom Purtzer||United States||201 (-15)||1 stroke|
|2004||Tom Kite||United States||203 (-13)||1 stroke|
|2003||Wayne Levi||United States||205 (-11)||1 stroke|
|2002||Hale Irwin (3)||United States||204 (-13)||3 strokes|
|2001||Bruce Lietzke||United States||207 (-9)||2 strokes|
|Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic|
|2000||Ed Dougherty||United States||197 (-19)||2 strokes|
|1999||Hale Irwin (2)||United States||201 (-15)||2 strokes|
|1998||Leonard Thompson||United States||134 (-10) - 36 holes due to rain||Playoff|
|Burnett Senior Classic|
|1997||Hale Irwin||United States||199 (-17)||2 strokes|
|1996||Vicente Fernández||Argentina||205 (-11)||1 stroke|
|1995||Raymond Floyd||United States||201 (-15)||1 stroke|
|1994||Dave Stockton||United States||203 (-13)||1 stroke|
|1993||Chi-Chi Rodríguez||United States||201 (-15)||2 strokes|