CanTour Returns To Edmonton

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The Canadian Tour returns to Edmonton this week for the ATB Financial Classic presented by TELUS, and with the season's largest purse and a star-studded field, it's an event that's quickly becoming one of the most popular on tour for players and fans alike.

Each year the tournament switches locations back and forth between Edmonton and Calgary, with this year's event taking place at the beautiful Windermere Golf and Country Club in Edmonton.

Play is set to begin on Thursday, June 21 with a field of 156 players representing 12 countries. 

DATES:
June 21-24, 2012
Course:
Windermere Golf Club
Location:
Edmonton, Alberta
PURSE:
$175,000
DEFENDING CHAMPIONSHIP: 
Hugo Leon (CHILE)
 
In addition to the playing action Thursday through Sunday, a number of other events including golf clinics, pro-ams and a million dollar hole-in-one contest sponsored by ATB are going on for tournament week. Click here for a full schedule of events. 
 
Two past champions will tee it up this week, including last year's winner Hugo Leon (pictured above) and two-time champion and Alberta native Dustin Risdon. 
 

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PAST CHAMPIONS 
2011: Hugo Leon 
2010: Dustin Risdon
2009: Graham DeLaet
2008: Dustin Risdon
2007: Mike Grob
 
Making his season debut this week will be 2011 Order of Merit winner Jose de Jesus Rodriguez, who won twice and earned $80,227.88 in a banner season last year.
 
Rodriguez also nearly took this event last year, finishing second to Leon by a single shot. 
 
A pair of local players will be teeing it up on their home course this week, with Windermere members Barrett Jarosch and Steven Lecuyer hoping some home course knowledge pays off.
 
Other Edmonton pros in the field include Wilson Bateman, Cole Chelle, Brock Crosson, Jeff Murdoch, Danny Sahl and Neil Thomas.
 
Click here to view the field.
 
Click here to view first & second round tee times.
 
For live scoring please visit www.cantour.com starting Thursday morning at 8:00 AM PST. 
 
EXPERT PICKS
Each week, experts from the golf industry -- including media, pros, and instructors -- predict who will win the tournament and who might emerge as a dark horse. Below is a taste from some of our experts. Click the link below to see all the expert picks and why they selected them.   
 
Bob Weeks, SCOREGolf Magazine
Winner: Matt Jager
Dark Horse: Hugo Leon
 
Jeff Sutherland, Inside Golf Magazine
Winner: Andrew Roque
Dark Horse: Danny Sahl
 
Gord Holder, Ottawa Citizen
Winner: Derek Gillespie
Dark Horse: Hugo Leon
 
Bryan Outram, Inside Golf Magazine
Winner: Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
Dark Horse: Dustin Risdon 
 
Ian Hutchinson, Sun Media
Winner: Roger Sloan
Dark Horse: Hugo Leon
 
Ian Leggatt, Former PGA TOUR winner
Winner: Nick Taylor
Dark Horse: Dustin Risdon
 
Curtis Stock,  Edmonton Journal
Winner: John Ellis
Dark Horse: Dustin Risdon
 
Click here for full details. 
 
PLAYERS TO WATCH IN EDMONTON
 
Dustin Risdon (@DustinRisdon) - Despite a missed cut in Victoria, Risdon is a heavy favourite this week. He's a two-time champion and all three of his wins have come in his native province of Alberta.
 
Roger Sloan (@RogerSloan87) - With an unofficial win last week in Kamloops (his second Kamloops win in two seasons) and a T-10 finish in Victoria, Sloan's game is coming around nicely. 
 
Derek Gillespie - Gillespie showed he's on form with a T-4 finish in Victoria, where he led after two rounds. With a stated goal of making this year's RBC Canadian Open, look for Gillespie to keep up the strong play this week. 
 
Wilson Bateman (@batemangolf) - The Edmonton native is hoping to make an impact in his hometown. Look for the 18-year old to show he's got game beyond his years this week.
 
Barrett Jarosch (@barrettjarosch) - Playing on his home course at Windermere this week, look for the CANTOUR veteran to rebound from a disappointing  2011 in his season debut. 
 
Matt Jager (@mattjjager) - The former Aussie amateur champ looked impressive in his CANTOUR debut, shooting 65-67 on the weekend to secure a top-five finish. A trip to the winner's circle looks like a real possibility this week for Jager. 
 
Tyler Aldridge - Aldridge, a former PGA TOUR player, looked solid in his CANTOUR debut, finishing ninth in Victoria. Look for the 27-year old Idaho native to find himself in contention on the weekend again. 
 
James Love - After spending last week at Olympic Club as an alternate for the US Open, Love returns to the CANTOUR raring to go and with his game in good shape. Love, who finished 2011 with five straight top-25s, has the game to contend and win this week.
 
Hugo Leon (@hlt84) - The defending champion from last year's ATB Financial Classic in Calgary is looking to rebound from a missed cut in Victoria. Being introduced as the defending champion should provide good vibes. 
 
Nick Taylor (@ntaylorgolf59) - Taylor followed up his T-7 finish in Victoria with a win on the Vancouver Golf Tour the next week, his second pro win of 2012 including the All-American Tour Championship. Next up for Taylor: his first CANTOUR title. 
 
Andrew Roque - Nobody's had a better start to 2012 than Roque, whose unbelievable seven birdie finish and final round 61 secured a win in Victoria. The California native is a star in the making.
 
CANTOUR PLAYERS BY WORLD RANKING 
302 - Adam Hadwin
412 - Benjamin Alvarado
581 - Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
661 - Stuart Anderson
692 - Roger Sloan
747 - Andrew Roque
758 - Hugo Leon
 
 
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