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War veteran to play in celebrity golf tournament

Tribune staff report

An Iraqi War veteran and amputee has been added to the list of celebrity golfers who will take part in The American Century Championship at the South Shore this July.

Retired U.S. Army Cpl. Chad Pfeifer, whose golf-centered rehabilitation “has turned him into a top-tier tournament player,” according to a press release, will be recognized for his service at the nationally televised event.

Pfeifer, the 2011 National Amputee Tournament champion and three-time winner of the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Warrior Open, lost a leg above the knee when a bomb exploded under his patrol vehicle while serving in Iraq in 2007.

He later used golf “to help overcome the adversity,” according to the release.

“The American Century invitation was a stunner,” Pfeifer said in a statement. “Golf has taken me to great places and I’ve met President Bush and many others, but Lake Tahoe in July is a special one. I’m looking forward to competing with some athletes who know the meaning of the word at its highest level.”

The American Century Championship, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, will run July 18 to 20.

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