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Chicago off-course as a major golf city

Once a perennial PGA stop, lackluster attendance has league moving on

Updated: September 12, 2011, 12:27 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- There was a time when Chicago and golf were like Indy and racing.

"U.S. Opens, PGAs, the Ryder Cup, the Western Open, the LPGA, the Champions Tour -- professional golf was here on a yearly basis," longtime touring pro and native Chicagoan Jeff Sluman said. "People would miss it if all of a sudden there was nothing."

It won't be sudden, but is sure to be shocking to many area golf fans. The time is coming -- possibly as soon as 2013 -- when Chicago falls off the sport's ...

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