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Charities To Benefit From Presidents Cup

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The Presidents Cup is providing a flood of tourism and money to Central Ohio businesses, but charities are also set to benefit from the international tournament.

"The PGA Tour gives more money to charity year in, year out, than all other sports combined," said Chris Reimer, PGA Communications Manager.

Reimer said the total donated is at nearly $2 billion, including $170 million in 2012 alone.

With no owners in the sport, once the purse and expenses are paid, Reimer said, the rest of the money goes to charity.

But this week, at the Presidents Cup, there is no purse for the players.

"With no players having a purse, like a PGA event, the idea is they can choose where they want to donate their charitable aspects at their heart of it is giving back," Reimer said.

In 2011, the Presidents Cup raised about $4.5 million for charity. It is expected that the numbers this year will be even higher. Part of the money will stay in Central Ohio, but the players will each be able to make a six-figure donation to their favorite causes.

Hunter Mahan has a foundation and hopes to target Children's Hospital.

Team USA's Zack Johnson said he has plans for the money for a group in his hometown.

"The primary (charity) is Kids on Course, giving kids opportunities and experiences that will carry them into adulthood," Johnson said.

For 20-year-old phenom Jordan Speith, his first Presidents Cup will give him a chance to support a cause that is personal for him.

"I look to give my donation around special needs kids. My little sister has special needs, so that's what I am looking to do for many years," Speith said.

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