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Wheeler to battle pro golfers at PGA Tour Canada event

Jets captain part of 156-player field at Players Cup in Winnipeg from Aug. 16-19 @NHLdotcom

Blake Wheeler is a natural at hockey, but he is about to find out how his golf game shapes up against some of the brightest young players.

The Winnipeg Jets captain has accepted a sponsor's exemption to participate in the Players Cup golf tournament at Southwood Golf & Country Club in Winnipeg from Aug. 16-19.

"I'm excited to play in this event alongside some up-and-coming PGA Tour players," Wheeler said in a statement. "I have a ton of respect for the sport, and it should be a lot of fun."

Wheeler is an accomplished amateur golfer and has played since he was a kid, but he'll have to navigate the course and 156-player field to win a share of the $200,000 purse. His participation will also heighten awareness and support for the tournament's two charity partners: Junior Golf Mentorship Foundation and Birdies for Kids Program for The Children's Hospital.

"Blake is a great captain for the Winnipeg Jets and even better leader in this community," said Adam Boge, the executive director of The Players Cup. "He is such a big with the fans and the people in our community, and we look forward to a great week with him."

The Players Cup, formerly known as The Manitoba Open, started in 1919 and is an annual staple on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA Tour Canada, which features young professional golfers who compete for the chance to play on the and PGA Tour.

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