Mark Craig | Star Tribune
Reporter/Columnist | Vikings/NFL

Mark Craig has covered college or pro football for 27 of his 31 years as a sports writer at the Canton (Ohio) Repository (1987-99) and Star Tribune. He is in his 24th season of covering the NFL. He is one of the 48 selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.   

A native of Northeast Ohio, Craig covered the Cleveland Browns from 1991 until they left for Baltimore in 1995. When they returned as an expansion team in 1999, Craig left to cover Gophers football for the Star Tribune. He co-authored two books on the Browns and is the author of the Vikings book "100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die."


3M Open benefits from investing in new wave of young golfers

Minnesota's first regular tour stop in half a century didn't need the world's No. 1 player, Brooks Koepka, to make it for a successful return. It was well served by the youthful golfers who battled for the lead all weekend.


Despite hole-out eagle, hardest hole at TPC Twin Cities is 'definitely' No. 9

South African Dylan Frittelli, at 12 under, is three shots off the lead after getting a friendly roll.


All aboard 'Lumpy's Bus Bash' with a busload of family and friends

Family and friends of Tim Herron rode to the 3M Open in style, even if they got there a little late for the Wayzata golfer's round.


College champion can hit drives 300 yards and more

A sponsor's exemption to Matthew Wolff, the Oklahoma State Cowboy with the 2019 NCAA title belt, an ear-blasting driver and a PGA Tour dream that pushed him to turn pro last month after his sophomore season.


Dwyer goes low enough — barely — to make 3M Open field

Mark Craig's Golf Insider: Apple Valley native Brian Dwyer grabs the last 3M Open slot by shooting a 64 -- but not before he has to fret it wouldn't be good enough and go through the pressure of three sudden-death playoff holes.


First hole at Hazeltine wrecks many scorecards

Hannah Green sighed after a save on what proved to be the course's hardest hole.


High risk, high reward at 16 after it's shortened for third round of Women's PGA

Hole 16 was shortened by 140 yards from the first two rounds and played as the third-easiest hole. It surrendered no eagles, but the 29 birdies matched the total from the first two rounds combined.


Minnesotan Burnham plays in front of family, friends at Hazeltine

The Maple Grove golfer realizes a dream after slipping into tournament by a mere $3.


Risk could pay $1 million reward to LPGA player with right skills, boldness

Side contest adds layer of pressure and temptation.


Inbee Park returns to Minnesota, where it all began for her

Inbee Park, seven-time major champion and LPGA Tour Hall of Famer, was a winless teenager the last time the world sent its finest women's golfers to Minnesota.