Major Champion and CBS Analyst Nick Faldo coming to Interlachen Monday

Inaugural "Taste Fore the Tour" tied to 3M Open PGA Tour stop next week

The Chad Hartman Show
June 25, 2019 - 2:45 pm

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6-time major champion Nick Faldo is already scheduled to be a part of CBS Television's coverage of the first PGA Tour stop in the Twin Cities in 50 years when the 3M Open begins 3rd round play Saturday, July 6th (first two rounds on the Golf Channel).  But on July 1st, he'll be at another classic Twin Cities course, Interlachen Country Club, to help raise money for a good cause.

Tuesday afternoon on WCCO Radio, Faldo, who won 3 Masters and 3 British Opens in his storied career, joined Chad Hartman to talk about the event, and golf in general.

RELATED: First 3M Open set for July 4th-7th at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. 

"First, after the buildup you gave me, I better bring a clean shirt," Faldo joked.  The Hall of Fame golfer is one of the biggest celebrities participating in "Taste For the Tour", an event designed around food by Taste of the NFL creator Wayne Kostroski. 

Faldo will be joined by event emcee and former Viking Matt Birk, former Viking Ben Leber will handle the live auction and other celebrities will be introduced by NBC Sports reporter and former WCCO Radio host Michele Tafoya.  Proceeds will benefit Tee Off Against Hunger, with 100% of donations delivered to VEAP, a social services organization based in Bloomington that promotes and provides access to healthy foods for those in need.  

Chad Hartman, speaking on his show Tuesday, said about Taste of the NFL founder Wayne Kostroski, "He is truly one of the best citizens we have in this area.  His charitable endeavors never end."  Kostroski also helped create WCCO Radio's annual "Let's Kick Hunger Day" radiothon, which helps raise over $250,000 each year for Second Harvest Heartland.  

RELATED: WCCO Radio's Let's Kick Hunger Day stories. 

Faldo told Chad, "This is one of the areas we are kind of keen to be involved in, the culinary side.  It all started when I met up with (Food Network and celebrity Chef) Jeffery Zakarian, who is involved in New York with this, and he told me how they over the last 20 plus years, they have created 100 million meals by taking food that would be thrown away and making meals," said Faldo.  "Then I was introduced to Wayne, and what he's done for Taste of the NFL.  The Tour is always a good bunch of ladies and lads to help out on a good cause like this.  I'm happy to be part of it.  I think it's an amazing, important thing.  Over the years, you eat well, take care of yourselves as best you can.  And then you see that even in America, 1 in 6 or so kids is under-nourished." 

The event is near sellout as of this article being written.  Some last-minute spaces may be available: click here to find out more.  WCCO's Mike Max will be live at Interlachen Monday night for his show from 6:30pm-9:00pm.  

Earlier Tuesday, Dave Lee talked to Tournament Director Hollis Cavner about the upcoming 3M Open.  Cavner provided an update on who was scheduled to play.  "Kevin Na just entered. He called yesterday.  We're still waiting on Brandt Snedeker, and we're still hopeful of (U.S. Open Champion) Gary Woodland.  He was supposed to come before but after he won the open we're not sure."  Cavner added, "The field's so strong it's amazing.  For a first year event, we're absolutely thrilled to have the strength of field we have."

Cavner and the 3M Open were hopeful they could get Tiger Woods to appear, but the 16 time Major-winner said after his appearance at the U.S. Open that he would be enjoying some family time and "playing at home", before teeing it up for the British Open in a few weeks.  But Hollis is not giving up.  "We tried for years to get this tournament, and I'm not giving up on Tiger until Friday at 5:00!", which is the cutoff time for players to enter.    

Tiger or no Tiger, Minnesota golf fans are expected to turnout in big numbers.  Said Cavner, "The crowds are going to be big, no doubt about it.  We already sold a lot of tickets.  Tickets are available at 3MOpen.com, or you can buy tickets at the gate day-of if we're not sold out.  We are getting close, quite honestly, to being sold out on quite a few days.  So fans are excited."

Hollis Cavner, 3M Tournament Director watches the action during the second round of the 3M Championship August 4, 2007 at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

Outside of the golf, the 3M Open is hosting the Zach Brown Band in concert followed by a fireworks show July 5th.  There are a few VIP tickets still available for that show.  All of those proceeds go to Children's Masonic Hospital.  "Zach was nice enough the other night to talk to us, and he's letting us sell tickets to our charity," Cavner told Dave Lee.  "All the players are going to the concert.  Brooks Koepka (PGA Championship winner) is kind of hosting it that night.  Everyone is really looking forward to it."

Other players scheduled to appear include fan favorite Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed, who famously went head-to-head with Rory McIlroy at Hazeltine during the 2016 Ryder Cup.  

WCCO Radio will be live at the 3M Open on Thursday, July 4th from 6:00am-2:30pm with Dave Lee, Mike Max and Henry Lake broadcasting from the media center.  And again on Friday, July 5th with the same three hosts from 6:00am-3:00pm.  You can listen on 830 WCCO or on the Radio.com app.  

 

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