Monday marked one year out from the 2016 Ryder Cup, which will be played at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, but was celebrated with a breakfast ceremony at Windows on Minnesota in downtown Minneapolis.
Minnesota Wild COO Matt Majka joined Governor Mark Dayton and executives from the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves and Lynx to welcome the Ryder Cup Captains, Davis Love III (USA) and Darren Clarke (Europe), the PGA and the Ryder Cup trophy on behalf of the state and the Twin Cities.
The private event lasted an hour and included a gift exchange, with the golfers receiving personalized jerseys from each team and each local club being given a 2016 Ryder Cup golf bag autographed by both Love III and Clarke.
Tom Leyman, from Alexandria, Minn. and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, will serve as a Vice Captain to Love III for Team USA.
The Ryder Cup will take place at Hazeltine from Sept. 27 – Oct. 2, 2016 and will shine the spotlight on Minnesota to a half-billion viewers from 160 countries.