Cleveland Open Tournament underway this week

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WESTLAKE, Ohio  — Golf fans are in for a treat in Northeast Ohio this week as the Cleveland Open Tournament gets underway at Lakewood Country Club, located in Westlake.

The tourney, run by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Milestone Sports Management, starts on Thursday. Fans can see 156 of the top up-and-coming players in the world compete for a $600,000 purse.

Players will have tee times, both in a 7-9 a.m. wave, and an afternoon wave of 12-2 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday. Tee times on the weekend will be announced. The tourney will wrap up on Sunday.

Many of the players will take part in events away from the tourney as well. Some will visit children at the Cleveland Clinic.

There will be a youth golf clinic for First Tee Cleveland members and junior golfers from the City of Cleveland recreation centers.

On Wednesday night, tour players will compete in a chip off, chipping balls from home plate at Progressive Field to a flag in center field.

Cleveland’s own Jason Dufner is one of the alums of the Web.com Tour. He won the 2013 PGA Championship. Bubba Watson, the two-time Masters champs is another alum.

There will be many players who lost their tour cards and are trying to play their way back to the PGA Tour and also up-and-comers trying to get their big break.

Lakewood Country is a 7,022 yard par 71 layout that opened in 1921.

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