Wheeler will join over 150 of Canada’s best golfers in the hunt for roughly $200K from August 16th to 19th in Winnipeg. The Plymouth, MN. native spent “the better part” of his childhood and early teenage years golfing, and still maintains his game during the NHL’s offseason.
“I’m excited to play in this event alongside some up-and-coming PGA Tour players,” Wheeler said Thursday after accepting the sponsor exemption to participate in the tournament. “I have a ton of respect for the sport and it should be a lot of fun.”
The Mackenzie Tour recently stopped in Thunder Bay for the Staal Open – an annual fundraising classic on the Canadian PGA Tour held by Eric, Jordan, Marc, Jared, Henry and Linda Staal. This past week the Staal Open raised $189K for local charities within the Thunder Bay region.
The Players Cup originated in 1919 as The Manitoba Open, and has served as a stepping stone for many professional golfers to reach the game’s biggest stage. 2009 The Players Cup champion Graham DeLaet has already earned $11 million dollars in nine seasons of PGA Tour play.
The Players Cup has been played primarily at Pine Ridge Golf Course over the last number of years, as Pine Ridge played host to 17 of the last 18 runnings. It will be the 12th time that Southwood – Manitoba’s oldest golf course (1894) hosts the tournament. In 2019, The Players Cup will celebrate its 100th running, also at Southwood.