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Morrissey will play at this summer's Manitoba Open as sponsor's exemption

Scheifele, Connor are previous Jets to play in the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada event

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - Josh Morrissey will be the third member of the Winnipeg Jets to tee it up this summer on the PGA TOUR Canada's Mackenzie Tour.

The Manitoba Open, formerly known as the Players Cup, will take place August 10-16 at Southwood Golf & Country Club. It's the same course that Mark Scheifele played in 2018, with Kyle Connor doing the same in 2019.

"It's something that as soon as I was asked, I immediately wanted to do it," said Morrissey.

"The players on the tour are just amazing. Hearing it was one of the tougher courses on the tour last year sure gives me a lot of confidence. I'm just excited to be a part of it. It's a huge honour. I'm excited to play with those guys. They're phenomenal players. It will be really cool to play alongside them and I'm sure I'll learn a lot watching them play."

The Jets defenceman is hopeful he doesn't have much time to prepare his game for the event, meaning he and his team's hockey season goes deep into the summer.

Whenever he is able to get on the course however, he knows he'll have to putt everything out to prepare for the quick greens of tournament play.

"The players I play with at home are pretty generous most of the time," said Morrissey, who is a six handicap with a career low round of 72.

"I'll be putting everything out. That's probably the weakest aspect of my game I would say. No gimmes this summer."

Along with Morrissey's participation, the Mackenzie Tour also announced that the True North Youth Foundation will be the official charitable arm of the event.

"We've been really excited about this and this announcement. We think that a lot of what we do is bringing youth to things they otherwise wouldn't have a chance to participate in or be involved in," said Dwayne Green, the Executive Director of the True North Youth Foundation.

"This is going to be a great chance for us to allow them to see a premier, live golf event and get motivated. Hopefully there will be a lot that want to jump in and get involved."

The score to beat for Morrissey is Scheifele's 173 from the 2018 event. Connor finished his two days at the 2019 event with 184.

"Talking to Mark and Kyle, once you get out there, it's not like playing at your local country club," said Morrissey. "The tees are a lot further back than normal. I'm just going to try and go out there and have fun. We're competitive people and you want to try and beat your friends and what they shot in the tournament."

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