Recent content from Jim Souhan
Making golf difficult for the best in the world is not about adding length, but creating strategic hazards and extraneous thoughts. The TPC's 18th hole fits that description.
Columnist Jim Souhan was sitting in the dugout in the Dominican Republic on the day David Ortiz was let go by the Twins. What happened that day — and over the next 20 years — couldn't have been foreseen.
The PGA Tour is back in Minnesota this week for the 3M Open in Blaine, and it will be just fine without all of the LIV Tour defectors.
Minnesota's upstart soccer team is also one of state's best stories.
The first thought from a Minnesota sports fan about that dramatic Timberwolves trade earlier this month might have been: Oh no, not this again. Analyzing deeper, however, reveals big differences in two mega-trades.
Braemar pro Roger Fahrenkrug watched Tiger Woods in one of the many painful moments one of golf's greats has had in his return.
Luis Arraez was named to his first All-Star team on Sunday and he's proving he's worthy of lofty comparisons.
Minnesota native Briana Scurry contemplated suicide after a concussion ended her playing career.
The Big Ten is changing from a regional league to a coast-to-coast powerhouse. Here are the next steps that need to be taken in the dramatic reshaping of college sports.
Thursday night, columnist Jim Souhan says he should have crossed the street and covered actual basketball instead of basketball's worst soap opera.
Two trades led to two first-round picks in the NBA draft, and Tim Connelly's first draft with the Wolves was characterized by logic, not fireworks.
Why limit the number of games your best player could play? Why would you avoid using him off the bench in a close game? Baseball can be counterintuitive.
The NBA draft and an D'Angelo Russell decision are the first tests for Tim Connelly, the new Wolves president of basketball operations.
Reality has weighed in for the Lynx again, issuing a reminder that talented players are necessary for success.
Fans may wish that Twins manager Rocco Baldelli would do some things differently. They may be right, but that's missing the long view.
How does the NFL, which claims to be sensitive to the plight of Black Americans, continue to employ Jack Del Rio? How can anyone take him seriously again?
Is this a different kind of Twins team? Their at-bats against Toronto and New York the past five games give hope.
Luis Arraez leads the major leagues in batting average and has become the soul of a first-place team, so sit back Twins fans and enjoy facing the best team in baseball — even if it may hurt a bit.
What Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez are demonstrating is an understanding of how wealth can be used as an advantage in the portion of the organization not restricted by a salary cap.
Among the reasons: A rotten record wouldn't ensure they could draft Paige Bueckers; opportunity remains to salvage the season; Sylvia Fowles deserves a fitting send-off.
The new LIV Golf Invitational Series, which has drawn some big names, is an example of 'sportswashing' by the Saudi Arabian government.
With a bit of distance from playoff elimination, Timberwolves fans can draw some conclusions about the state of the franchise.
Their stance is illogical and damaging to the team's likability — and playoff chances. These players are betraying their organization.
Wes Phillips, the grandson of Bum and son of Wade, is optimistic about the Vikings offense in the hands of Kirk Cousins.
On a beautiful Minnesota night, the Aurora played in what felt like a championship setting. The game was a draw, 1-1, before 5,219 fans, but the game was a success before it began.
Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, Gio Urshela are leading the way as the Twins find their superpower is turning line drives into outs
As hungry as fans are to see Byron Buxton and Royce Lewis run and hit, protecting them for the long run is the wise plan with an AL Central title — and their futures — in play.
Former Vikings running back Herschel Walker is a leading Republican candidate — with a concerning background — in a U.S. Senate race in his native Georgia.
Ona Loper just completed a dream career, athletically and academically. It is the kind of success story too easily overlooked in college sports. "The experience of a lifetime," she says.
Postseason victories are hard to come by around here, so let's appreciate the ones who keep delivering them: the Gophers football players and coaches.
Their baseball calculus: A healthy Byron Buxton at near full strength for just 100 games might be one of the best and most productive players in the game. They also know that may not be a popular call,
An excellent regular season wasn't enough to elevate the Wild into playoffs success.
Justin Verlander, 39, outdueled rookie Joe Ryan, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning, in a game for those who prefer pitching mastery over long, loud homers.
The Twins are in first place in the American League Central more than a month into the season. Imagine what they could do if anything was going right for them.
Former Gophers star Rachel Banham is hoping to follow fellow Gopher Lindsay Whalen in positional success with the Lynx.
Lots of roster moves spell short-term trouble for the old and injured Lynx to kick off the WNBA season. But the Lynx tend to figure things out.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, owner of three Stanley Cup titles, responded to the Game 1 loss to St. Louis with humor more than intensity. He may be on to something.
Having a fast, firm opinion on any NFL team's draft results is foolish, but we do know this: new Vikings GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah did not take the safe or easy routes this past weekend.
The Timberwolves had many highs and lows, and D'Angelo Russell often contributed, but Jordan McLaughlin was better when it mattered. And what about bringing back Tyus Jones?
The decision to trade back in the first round of the NFL draft means Kwesi Adofo-Mensah's front office hasn't moved far from its predecessor.
Mock draft? Sure, our columnist says, let's give that a try. From Jacksonville to the Vikings, here's what each team should really consider in the top 12.
Scouting, analytics and well-conceived game plans have done more than fill holes on a rebuilt staff.
Jordan McLaughlin scored 16 points in 14 minutes, hitting all four three-pointers that he took, after not playing at all in the Wolves' Game 3 collapse.
The Wolves returned home-court advantage to Memphis. They also gave the Grizzlies an even bigger advantage by the way they fell apart in Game 3.
The Wolves' playoff appearance this weekend will sell out games at Target Center and continue a trend: Minneapolis is a hoops hotbed.
Few other coaches could achieve what Chris Finch has done for the Timberwolves this season. He's on the way to becoming the best coach in franchise history.
Clayton Kershaw's chance for a perfect game was clearly not worth the health risk, but top analysts railed anyway.
Winning that game? That way? This franchise? Those who know, know: This NBA playoff spot is special for the Wolves, and it was silly to expect them to tone down their celebrating.
Scottie Scheffler has won four tournaments already this year, but to become the new Next Big Thing, he'll be dueling with a lot of former Next Big Things.
Scottie Scheffler capped off an amazing two months with his grandest feat of all, winning the Masters on Sunday to validate his new status as the best player in golf.
The 46-year-old superstar was all smiles, though, after his first competitive rounds since a horrific car accident 14 months earlier.
The Fargo pro had a bogey and double bogey on his final two holes for a 78, and said he was disappointed with his play for the week.
The course is tricky but there are birdies available, as Hoge proved today. Here's a hole-by-hole recap.
Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Smith will be the first pairing of top-10-ranked players in the final round since 2015.
Having made the cut but nowhere near contention, Fargo's Tom Hoge said he's determined to enjoy his time on the course.
Crowds line up to see Tiger Woods play.
At his first Masters, North Dakotan Tom Hoge has spent time with the Lehmans and even encountered a rules official from Faribault.
Scottie Scheffler became the sixth player ever to take a five-shot lead into the weekend.
It was an unpredictable day at Augusta National because of the weather, and few golfers were going low.
If you wanted to walk with Fargo's Tom Hoge or former Gopher Erik van Rooyen, you could stand within a foot of them. Walking with Tiger? Good luck with that.
The South Korean shot a 67 and said he was inspired by a shot his father hit in Wednesday's Par 3 Contest.
It was a mob scene at the first hole when Tiger Woods teed off for his first round of the Masters. That and more from the scene, including another place that's really crowded at Augusta National.
An early estimate of the Twins' bullpen for 2022 guarantees nothing.
The South African golfer is playing in his 11th major and second Masters this week.
Masters chairman Fred Ridley held his annual press conference on Wednesday and said Phil Mickelson withdrew from The Masters in a text, and that the tournament did not dissuade him from playing.
If golf had produced another king, Tiger Woods might be more of an oddity and less of an obsession this week.
Tom Hoge will be the first North Dakotan to play in the Masters since Mike Podolak in 1983, and he is more than an endearing long shot.
There's no reason to believe Tiger Woods, recovering from a severe leg injury, can contend at Augusta. Except for all the other times he's defied expectations.
Practice rounds were suspended and patrons asked to leave the course during a thunderstorm that started in late morning and is still going on mid-afternoon.
The Final Four in Minneapolis showed the sport is thriving. But the next step for developing the game is adding teams to the WNBA.
We were all watching to see if it could happen, Paige Bueckers winning it all in her hometown. It didn't, but only because South Carolina was so good.
South Carolina's Dawn Staley and UConn's Geno Auriemma, two Philadelphia natives, bring an intensity and pride to their teams that is hard to miss.
Friday night on a home Target Center court, Paige Bueckers, one of the best players Minnesota has ever produced, fought through injury and guided UConn to the national title game.
This weekend we should focus on the games, the atmosphere and the drama of a captivating women's Final Four instead of dwelling on all — good and bad — that led up to it.
Wednesday's practice became a basketball convention within a basketball convention in what Cheryl Reeve and the Minnesota Lynx have made one of the meccas of the sport.