Matt Kuchar to headline ‘Team World’ in inaugural Canada Cup

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Matt Kuchar (Golf Canada/ Minas Panagiotakis)

Halifax – Six-time PGA Tour champion, two-time U.S. Ryder Cup team member and two-time Presidents Cup member Matt Kuchar will team with two other PGA Tour players and one Tour player to represent the World at the inaugural Canada Cup Match, to be held on Monday, June 30, 2014 in Halifax at Ashburn Golf Club.

The Canada Cup is part of GOLFest Nova Scotia, a week-long celebration of national pride and all things golf in Canada that will also feature a Tour event, the Nova Scotia Open, from June 29 to July 6.

Kuchar is currently ranked 11th in the Official World Golf Ranking. He’s won some of golf’s most prestigious tournaments, including the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship and the Memorial Tournament in 2013, THE PLAYERS Championship in 2012 and The Barclays in 2010.

“I know Canadians have tremendous pride and passion for their athletes, and I look forward to playing against my fellow PGA Tour colleagues in that type of energetic environment,” said Kuchar. “I am sure that the battle for the Canada Cup and international bragging rights will be a memorable and exciting experience for players and spectators alike.”

Conducted by SportBox Entertainment Group, the Canada Cup is one of three GOLFest Nova Scotia events held during the week-long celebration of golf in Canada.

The Canada Cup will feature three Canadian PGA Tour stars – Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn  – as they compete head-to-head against an international squadron of PGA Tour players on “Team World”.

Matt Kuchar and two additional PGA Tour players will comprise Team World.

As well, each Canada Cup team will be rounded out by a Tour player who will be selected closer to the Canada Cup.

The day will begin in the morning with a 9-hole Canada Cup pro-am followed by the Canada Cup battle in the afternoon, which will consist of 9-hole singles matches and 9-hole team alternate shot matches.

“Growing up playing team sports and living in a hockey crazed country, I now miss the team aspect of sports as a golfer,” said said Graham DeLaet. “Playing in the Presidents Cup last year as part of a team was an adrenaline rush. Mike, David and I are excited to represent Canada and look forward to welcoming Matt and the remaining international PGA Tour players to compete on Canadian soil as we go head-to-head for the Canada Cup title.”

Over the next two weeks, SportBox Entertainment Group will reveal the second and third PGA Tour players who will join Kuchar.

Following the Canada Cup, GOLFest Nova Scotia will continue with the Nova Scotia Open, which will take place from July 3 – 6, 2014 at Ashburn Golf Club.

The Nova Scotia Open, the only Canadian stop on the Tour in 2014, will feature a field of 156 Tour stars vying for a $650,000 purse and a season long chance to earn a PGA Tour card next season.

Leading off the week on Sunday, June 29 is the Junior Canada Cup. The event, held in association with the Canadian Junior Golf Association, will feature twelve junior golfers as they compete in a head-to-head East vs. West battle for the Junior Canada Cup.