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Pro golfer Ricky Barnes’ clubs, $8,000 watch stolen at Chicago area charity event

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Updated: July 28, 2011 2:11AM

Pro golfer Ricky Barnes, in the Chicago area for a charity tournament, had his golf bag, clubs and an $8,000 watch swiped from his rental car this week, authorities said.

On Monday, Barnes was the guest of honor at the Middle Market Open National Kidney Foundation golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club.

Barnes, who’s ranked 93rd in the world, put his golf bag in the trunk of his car and locked it around 4 p.m. When he returned about 25 minutes later and opened the trunk, his wallet, bag, clubs and watch were gone.

The 14 clubs are valued at $3,500. His chrome Breitling Bentley watch was worth about $8,000.

Barnes gave a statement to the Cook County sheriff’s office and returned to the charity event at the club .

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois raised more than $250,000. Barnes — who put on an exhibition, glad-handed golfers and played a few holes — even expressed interest in returning next year.

“He was in a great mood, he’s a funny guy,” Fox Chicago News anchor Corey McPherrin said at the event. “I asked him to assess his season to date and mentioned his nice showing at the Masters, and he said, ‘Yeah, it was a good season — with the clubs I used to have.’ ”

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