T.O. Canadian Open a mixed bag

SARAH GREEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

The 2010 Canadian Open has the potential to drive millions into Toronto's economy.

But the PGA Tour championship -- St. George's Golf and Country Club is the proposed venue -- is also expected to cause some hazards for the Etobicoke neighbourhood, according to a new city report.

The report, slated to go to the city's economic development committee Thursday, said the July 19 to 25, 2010 event would draw 156 of the world's best golfers to the city as well as 100,000 spectators -- about 22,000 a day on peak days of the tournament.

The 2003 Canadian Open generated $23.8 million for Hamilton and $32 million for Ontario, the report said.

"I think it will be bigger (in Toronto)," local Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby said yesterday. "It's a great opportunity to show off our city."

The Canadian Open was last played in Toronto in 1968, also at St. George's Golf and Country Club.

The tournament would see Islington Ave., between Eglinton Ave. W. and The Kingsway, closed for three weeks.

An official announcement about the host city is expected before the end of the month.


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