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Magna GC to host 2013 PGA Championship of Canada

The PGA Championship of Canada is going upscale.

The biggest tournament on the PGA of Canada's calendar will be held next year at the tony Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont.

The 11-year-old suburban Toronto course, designed by leading Canadian architect Doug Carrick, is noted for its luxuriously manicured fairways and ostentatious clubhouse.

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Organizers say the course will make a fine venue for the championship, which brings together the top 64 club pros in the country for a match-play showdown.

"Our championship golf course is perfectly suited for match play with a great mixture of long and short holes, strategic bunkering and greens that will make players second-guess [their] … line," Magna director of golf operations Rob Roxborough said in a PGA of Canada news release.

Magna, founded by auto and horse racing magnate Frank Stronach and located at the headquarters of his company, Magna International, won the award for best new course in Canada from ScoreGolf magazine in 2001 and has consistently been ranked in the top 100 in the country since.

"Once players step through our front gates they'll immediately feel like they've arrived at a golf club that is unlike any other in Canada," Roxborough said. "Everyone who works at Magna prides him or herself on providing the best possible service to both members and guests, and PGA Championship of Canada week won't be any different."

Tiger Woods once played Magna for a Nike-sponsored outing for its clients, and other pros who've teed it up there include Annika Sorenstam, Mike Weir, Sergio Garcia and David Toms. The club's initiation fees and annual dues are said to be among the highest in Canada.

The championship, relaunched in 2010 in a match-play format after a hiatus, was held in Calgary the past two years.

A lot of bragging rights will be up for grabs among the club pros, not to mention a berth in the RBC Canadian Open in 2013. The player who sits atop the PGA of Canada's ranking after the PGA Championship gets a berth in the PGA Tour event.

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Brian McCann of the Academy at BraeBen in Mississauga is currently No. 1. He's followed by Danny King, who will have home-field advantage at the championship next year. King works out of the Performance Academy at Magna.

The five-round championship is scheduled for June 24 through 28.

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