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Michael Jordan commits to play inaugural Mike Weir Charity Classic kicking off week of 2009 RBC Canadian Open

  • NBA megastar to join field of international sports and entertainment celebrities, including NHL Superstars Martin Brodeur, Joe Thornton, Rick Nash and Paul Coffey, along with entertainers Kevin Costner and George Lopez
  • LPGA legend and Order of Canada recipient Lorie Kane also added to stellar field for inaugural charity event
  • All proceeds from Mike Weir Charity Classic benefit the Mike Weir Foundation in support of children's wellness initiatives

OAKVILLE, Ontario (RCGA), July 10, 2009 — The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) in partnership with title sponsor RBC, announced today that retired NBA megastar Michael Jordan has joined the field for the inaugural Mike Weir Charity Classic being held on July 20, to kick off the 100th playing of the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont.

"I'm thrilled Michael has agreed to play. He's become a good buddy and has always gone out of his way to support community and charitable activities. He'll be a tremendously popular draw for the fans," said event host Mike Weir. "RBC Canadian Open has turned into a world class affair and the support I've personally received from the celebrities committed to my Charity day has been fantastic."

The RCGA and RBC also announced that Canadian born LPGA Tour legend Lorie Kane has also joined the marquee field of the charity pro-am, which features celebrities from the music, sports and entertainment industries, as well as top stars of the PGA TOUR.

Jordan and Kane will join a field of fellow sporting legends, including Martin Brodeur, Joe Thornton, Rick Nash, Paul Coffey, entertainers Kevin Costner, George Lopez, Tom Cochrane and Thomas Gibson, as well as a host of veterans and emerging stars of the PGA TOUR.

With all of the net proceeds from the Mike Weir Charity Classic benefiting children's charities, the event will assist in achieving the RBC Canadian Open's philanthropic objectives.


The list of participating celebrities includes:

Kevin Costner

  • Two-time Oscar winner and Golden Globe Award winner

George Lopez

  • Comedian, Actor, and Producer and star of sitcom 'George Lopez'

Tom Cochrane

  • Legendary Canadian singer, songwriter and Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee

Thomas Gibson

  • Star of television hit drama Criminal Minds and sitcom Dharma & Greg

Lorie Kane

  • Four-time LPGA TOUR winner
  • Fourteenth on the LPGA's Career Money List
  • Order of Canada Recipient

Martin Brodeur

  • Most All-time Wins By an NHL Goalie
  • Vezina Trophy winner

Joe Thornton

  • Five-time NHL All-Star
  • Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy winner

Rick Nash

  • 4 time NHL All-Star and Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner
  • Captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Paul Coffey

  • 14 time NHL All-Star, 4 time Stanley Cup Winner, Hockey Hall of Fame inductee

Michael Jordan

  • 6 time NBA Champion
  • 5 time NBA MVP
  • Assistant Captain, 2009 US President's Cup Team

EVENT NOTES:

  • Amateurs that have purchased a team will play 9 holes with a Celebrity and 9 holes with a TOUR player as part of their once in a lifetime experience.

  • Regrettably, Steve Nash has been forced to withdraw from the field of the Mike Weir Charity Classic due to a personal commitment. Steve has already committed to participating in the 2010 event.

  • Tickets to the event are only $15, with children admitted FREE with a paying adult.

KIDS UNDER 15 GET IN FREE
As in past years, the RBC Canadian Open is committed to providing affordable family entertainment with the playing of Canada's national Open golf championship. Any child 15 years of age or younger will gain free admission onto the grounds of the RBC Canadian Open provided they are accompanied by a ticketed adult. Juniors will also have the opportunity to take part in golf clinics and activities on site as part of CN Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program.

ABOUT THE 2009 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
An exciting new era has arrived for Canada's national championship. Part of the FedEx Cup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.1 million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 20-26 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. Established in 1904, the tournament is the third-oldest national open golf championship worldwide next to the British Open and the U.S. Open. The RBC Canadian Open is proudly sponsored by RBC, Bell, Pengrowth and BMW Group Canada. For updated corporate hospitality, tickets, volunteer and sponsorship information please visit www.rbccanadianopen.ca or call 1-800-571-OPEN.

RBC AND THE RBC CANADIAN OPEN
In partnership with the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), RBC is the title sponsor of the RBC Canadian Open, the third oldest national golf championship worldwide, next only to the British Open and the U.S. Open. With a history of great players and premier fields, the RBC Canadian Open provides golf fans with the opportunity to experience the excitement of a world class event on Canadian soil. RBC also sponsors all levels of amateur sport, from grassroots programs in local communities to national sport organizations and elite-level athletes.

ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN GOLF ASSOCIATION
The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing 377,000 members at 1,600 clubs across the country. Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, the RCGA's mission is to grow participation in and passion for the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. The RCGA conducts programs and services to help shape the future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, CN Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program, turfgrass and environmental research, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, Rules of Golf and amateur status, handicapping and course rating are only some of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada. In addition, the RCGA conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional junior and national amateur championships showcase the best in Canadian golf.

For further information on what the RCGA is doing to support golf in your community please visit www.rcga.org.

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For more information:

Dan Pino
Director, Media and Public Relations
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Office: 1-800-263-0009 ext. 406
Mobile: (416) 434-5525
Email: dpino@rcga.org


 



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