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Bell Canadian Open Moves West

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Canadian Open is moving west for the first time in nearly 40 years, giving Vancouver another chance to host a PGA Tour event.
 
The 2005 tournament will be played at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, said the Royal Canadian Golf Association It will be the first time since 1966 that the Canadian Open is held west of Ontario.
 
This year's tournament will be in Hamilton, and next year it returns to Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont., for its 100th anniversary.
 
The announcement was made as Bell Canada extended its title sponsorship for three years through 2006.
 
'It's very important that the Bell Canadian Open be truly national and that means bringing the tournament to as many Canadians as possible,' RCGA executive director Stephen Ross said. 'This shows our commitment to move the Open across the country.'
 
Vancouver hosted a PGA Tour stop for the last seven years, but lost its date when beleaguered airline Air Canada didn't renew its title sponsorship beyond 2002.
 
Shaughnessy also hosted the '66 Canadian Open. It plays as a par 73 at just over 6,700 yards for the members, but will be lengthen to about 7,000 yards and play as a par 70 for the Canadian Open.
 
The tournament likely will move to the Montreal area in 2006.