Woodland to join Kuchar as part of ‘Team World’ in Inaugural Canada Cup
Kuchar, Woodland and a to-be-named PGA TOUR player to face-off in a head-to-head battle against Team Canada’s Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn for international bragging rights
March 19, 2014
- Gary Woodland is a two-time PGA TOUR champion. (Dunn/Getty Images)
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – Officials announced that PGA TOUR champion Gary Woodland will be the second player to represent ‘Team World’ in the inaugural Canada Cup Match to take place at Ashburn Golf Club – New Course in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Monday, June 30, 2014.
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 Web.com Tour event, the Nova Scotia Open, from June 29 to July 6, 2014.
After turning professional in 2007, Woodland quickly ascended to the PGA TOUR. He had a break-through season in 2011 which included six top-10 finishes and a victory at the Transitions Championship (now Valspar Championship), where he sunk a clutch 10-foot putt for par on the 72nd hole to win by one stroke over U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson. More recently, the Topeka, Kansas native claimed his second PGA TOUR victory at the 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open. Woodland currently sits at number eighteen on the 2014 FedExCup points list. He is an alumnus of the Web.com Tour, having made 14 starts in 2010, which included four top-20 finishes.
Known for his power and athleticism, Woodland’s style will be a great exhibition for spectators. His length is the perfect complement to Kuchar’s consistency and patience. Canada Cup fans could be in for a treat if Kuchar and Woodland get paired together for team alternate shot. The Canada Cup will not be the first time this duo has paired up in international team competition. In 2011, Kuchar and Woodland represented the United States at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup (now ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf) where they won by two strokes over England and Germany.
"Match play competitions always bring out the best in players’ ability and personality. The pressure and energy of match play creates a great environment for players and fans alike. Playing with Matt and representing the United States at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup was a great experience. I look forward to representing the World with Matt and our remaining teammates as we take on Team Canada at the Canada Cup in a week that includes both Canada Day and Independence Day,” said Woodland.
DeLaet and Woodland are two of the longer ball strikers on TOUR, while Weir, Hearn and Kuchar are three of the most consistent. Although the Canada Cup pairings are still undetermined, one thing is for certain, that fans will bear witness to an exhibition of world-class golf by top PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour professionals.
“Matt and Gary are both great players with very different styles of play which will be entertaining for spectators to watch. Match play is a great format that we don’t get to play a lot of on the PGA TOUR. I can’t wait to play in front of the Canadian fans in a match play setting again. I look forward to welcoming Matt and Gary to Halifax and sharing this experience with Graham and David,” said Weir.
Conducted by SportBox Entertainment Group, the Canada Cup is a one-of-a-kind hospitality and spectator experience. Taking place during Canada Day week in Halifax, Nova Scotia, fans are encouraged to wear red and white and cheer loudly in support of Team Canada’s Weir, DeLaet and Hearn as they take on Team World’s Kuchar, Woodland and a third to-be-named player. Each Canada Cup team will also be rounded out by a top Web.com Tour player entered in the Nova Scotia Open. The Canada Cup will start off with a morning pro-am, followed by 9-hole singles matches and 9-hole team alternate shot matches in the afternoon.