MJ coming to Canadian Open

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:04 PM ET

Michael Jordan is coming to Toronto -- and Raptors general manager Brian Colangelo had nothing to do with it.

The NBA legend has joined the field for the inaugural Mike Weir Charity Classic which will be played at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville to kick off the 100th edition of the RBC Canadian Open.

The Monday event will be a high-profile celebrity pro-am and serve as a leadup to the 72-hole tournament, which begins on Thursday. It's the latest move by sponsor RBC to return some prestige and profile to our national championship, which has struggled to draw stellar fields in recent years.

"I'm thrilled Michael has agreed to play," Weir said in a statement. "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.

"The 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 Royal Canadian Golf Association and RBC have put together a variety of entertainment and sports stars for the event. Others scheduled to attend are NHLers Martin Brodeur, Joe Thornton and Rick Nash as well as actors Kevin Costner and George Lopez. Organizers also announced today that Canadian LPGA veteran Lorie Kane will participate.


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