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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Greater Hartford Open is in danger of being dropped from next year's PGA Tour schedule if organizers can't secure at least $4 million from sponsors by next month.

The GHO has been without a title sponsor since Canon, citing business concerns, withdrew after the 2002 event in June, ending its 18-year title relationship. Organizers said Thursday they have been negotiating with several companies to raise $4 million in interim support if a title sponsor cannot be found.

The $4 million is the minimum needed for the tournament to break even, organizers said.

``We remain optimistic that we will achieve a title sponsor relationship, tournament chairman Dan Baker said. ``However, based on the status of discussions to date and the current state of the economy, the GHO is pursuing its parallel plan to secure additional, significant commitments through this interim approach for 2003.''

The tournament has been held for 51 years and draws some of the largest galleries on tour. Baker said if the money cannot be secured by the middle of November, the tournament probably will lose its spot on the PGA calendar for 2003 and beyond.

He said about 30 percent of the money has already been secured from a number of companies, including Webster Bank, Travelers Property and Casualty, The Phoenix Companies, The Hartford and Henkel Loctite.

``However, we still have a significant amount to raise in a short period of time,'' Baker said.