Wheeler passes to Scheifele for Players Cup tee time

The Players Cup has been forced to take a mulligan when it comes to a high-profile sponsor’s exemption in their upcoming tournament.

Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler originally accepted an invite to compete in the 156-player field next month at Southwood Golf & Country Club. But organizers announced Monday he now won’t be able to tee it up due to personal commitments.

However, local fans hoping to see how an NHL hockey player matches up against some of the world’s best golfers not currently on the PGA Tour won’t be disappointed. Jets centre Mark Scheifele has agreed to take Wheeler’s spot.

“It’s an honour to be part of the Players Cup. I grew up playing golf, starting on a small course in Tavistock, Ont., and to have this chance to play in a PGA Tour sanctioned event is very exciting,” Scheifele said in a statement.

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The Players Cup has been forced to take a mulligan when it comes to a high-profile sponsor’s exemption in their upcoming tournament.

Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler originally accepted an invite to compete in the 156-player field next month at Southwood Golf & Country Club. But organizers announced Monday he now won’t be able to tee it up due to personal commitments.

However, local fans hoping to see how an NHL hockey player matches up against some of the world’s best golfers not currently on the PGA Tour won’t be disappointed. Jets centre Mark Scheifele has agreed to take Wheeler’s spot.

“It’s an honour to be part of the Players Cup. I grew up playing golf, starting on a small course in Tavistock, Ont., and to have this chance to play in a PGA Tour sanctioned event is very exciting,” Scheifele said in a statement.

The $200,000 Mackenzie Tour event is set for Aug. 16-19.

“We are extremely pleased to have Mark Scheifele accept a sponsor exemption to The Players Cup. Mark has made an impact on the community both on and off the ice during his time in Winnipeg. By committing to be part of Manitoba’s premiere professional golf tournament, it shows us all what a great supporter he continues to be to Manitobans,” said Adam Boge, executive director of The Players Cup.

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