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PGA Tour returns to Greater Cleveland

PGA Tour returns to Greater Cleveland

(Cleveland) – The PGA is returning to Cleveland with Tuesday’s announcement that the Cleveland Open will be held at the Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, starting in 2014. The PGA Tour and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission have entered into a three-year agreement.

The initial Cleveland Open will be played June 2-8, 2014, featuring a field of 156 golfers competing over 72 holes of stroke play for a purse of $600,000. A Pro-Am will be played at Lakewood Country Club on Wednesday, June 4th.

All four rounds of the Cleveland Open will be televised in the U.S. on Golf Channel, which is available in 84 million homes. Tournament proceeds will be earmarked for a number of charitable entities in the Cleveland area, including The First Tee of Cleveland.

This is not the first time a pro golf tournament has happened in Greater Cleveland. The PGA Tour first played in Cleveland in 1938, when Ky Laffoon defeated Sam Snead by one shot in the first Cleveland Open. After a 25-year hiatus, the Cleveland Open returned in 1963 when Arnold Palmer defeated Tommy Aaron and Tony Lema in a playoff. This would begin the run of 10 straight events played at five different golf courses through 1972. The list of winners included other major champions Lema (1964), Dave Stockton (1968), Charles Coody (1969) and David Graham (1972). Lakewood Country Club played host to Stockton’s win in 1968 as well as R.H. Sikes’ 1966 win.

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