Baker tees off today at 3M Open in Minnesota


The PGA Tour takes over Minnesota this weekend for the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota, a suburb north of Minneapolis.

The purse for the event is currently sitting at $6,600,000.

Brownstown native Chris Baker will be teeing off today at 9:02 a.m. on the first hole along with Justin Quiban and M.J. Daffue. On Friday, Baker will be in the same group and among the last group to tee off at 3:12 p.m.

Baker will hope to end his two-week drought of missing the cut. Last week at the Barbasol Championship, he missed the cut by just one stroke.

He made a birdie putt on the 17th hole to put him at -1 for the round and -3 overall, and on the final hole, he needed a birdie to make the cut but just missed a putt.

Baker is currently on a quest to keep his PGA Tour card after this year. That’s based on points, and Baker needs to reach at least 125th place in the standings to do so. Currently, he’s 198th with 82 points after 19 events played.

Missing the cut doesn’t earn any points, so making the cut this weekend would allow Baker the opportunity to earn some more points and get closer to his goal.

He has shot -3 or better over the last three weeks, and he’ll have to do much of the same this week.

Since turning pro in 2008, Baker has career earnings of $1,152,336. He was some wins on his résumé, as well. He won on the NGA Hooters Tour on two different occasions, and then he added a third professional win on the European Challenge Tour in 2010 (Moroccan Golf Classic). He also lost a playoff to Andrew Putnam in the Nationwide Tour’s 2017 Panama Claro Championship.

His best result this year came during the U.S. Open when he tied for 26th overall, earning himself $87,941 and 35.133 points on the PGA Tour card.

You can watch the 3M Open on the Golf Channel from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. today and 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, it will be on the Golf Channel from 1 to 3 p.m., and then CBS takes over from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday’s TV schedule is the same as Saturday.

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