PGA Tour star Matt Kuchar to play in Halifax as part of Canada Cup golf event

Philip Croucher, Metro Halifax
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HALIFAX - Halifax golf fans, the news just keeps getting better.

Matt Kuchar hits from the eighth tee during the first round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament on March 7.

On Wednesday, organizers announced PGA Tour star Matt Kuchar will be one of the Team World players competing in the Canada Cup portion of GOLFfest this summer at the new Ashburn Golf Club.

The club in Windsor Junction is hosting Canada’s first-ever Tour event called the Nova Scotia Open, which will feature 156 golfers competing over 72 holes of stroke play from July 3 to 6.

The tournament is part of the week-long GOLFfest that will also see the Canada Cup on June 30. The Canada Cup will include several PGA stars, including Canadians Mike Weir, David Hearn and Graham DeLaet, going up against Team World players, like Kuchar.

“It certainly has a high value and name recognition in the golf world,” Grant MacDonald, director of GOLFfest Nova Scotia, said of landing a player of Kuchar’s talents.

“He’s become a fan favourite on the PGA Tour and I think he’ll be a fan favourite for the fans here in Halifax.”

The other two PGA Tour players for Team World will be announced in the next couple of weeks, MacDonald said.

The Team Canada and Team World teams will each include four players – three from the PGA Tour and one from the Tour.

The teams will play four single matches on the front nine of Ashburn, then be put into teams of two for the back nine.

“I know that 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,” Kuchar said in a statement. “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.”

Kuchar, 36, is ranked No. 11 in the World Golf rankings and has six PGA Tour wins to his credit, including the 2013 Memorial Tournament and the 2012 The Players championship.

He’s also competed for Team U.S.A. at the Ryder Cup in 2012 and 2010 and at the Presidents Cup in 2013 and 2011.

MacDonald said tickets are expected to go on sale for GOLFfest in early April, when he says, “the weather starts to turn and people’s thoughts turn toward outdoor activities.”

SportBox Entertainment, which is putting on the event, expects the Nova Scotia Open alone to add about $4 million to the local economy.

Organizations: Ashburn Golf Club, GOLFfest Nova Scotia, Team Canada SportBox Entertainment

Geographic location: Canada, Halifax, Windsor Junction

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