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Canadian Tour coming to Chicago in 2012

Chicago could lose the

PGA Tour

after September’s

BMW Championship

, but it’s gaining a Canadian Tour event in 2012.

The Royal Country Club of Long Grove will host top players from the Canadian Tour next Sept. 10-16. “The Grove,” as members call it, is in the northwest suburbs and used to be Hillcrest Country Club.

Canadian Tour graduates include

Steve Stricker

,

Mike Weir

,

Paul Casey

,

Stuart Appleby

,

Tim Clark

,

Matt Kuchar

,

D.A. Points

,

Nick Watney

and

Stephen Ames

. Over the past five years, the Canadian Tour has graduated an average of 14 players annually to the Nationwide and PGA tours.

The event will a Pro-Am, with amateurs paying $3,500 for three days of tournament play and other perks. Email Michael@DogwoodSports.com for inquiries.

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