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Weeks: RBC Canada event successful even if home team wasn't

Bob Weeks
7/1/2014 12:13:02 PM
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In the end, it didn't matter that Team Canada could only muster up a half point. What really mattered was that this event came off, that world-class golf came to Halifax and it was embraced by the fans.

Monday's RBC Canada Cup was a success in every measurement except perhaps the scoreboard.

Under sunny skies and with steamy temperatures, Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn and Adam Hadwin took on Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland, Trevor Immelman and Manny Villegas at the Ashburn Golf Club.

After four nine-hole, singles matches and two alternate-shot matches of the same length, Team World locked up a 5½ to a ½ victory.

But never mind that, this wasn't about the score. This was about a fun outing in a part of Canada that doesn't see this kind of golf as often as does say Toronto or Montreal.
 
It's also one of the few times that Canada's best got to team up. Weir, Hearn and DeLaet will see each other out on the PGA Tour but the chance to play together as a team was big for all three. It's the first time in your humble scribe's memory that the top Canadian players teamed up on Canadian soil.
 
 And while this was an exhibition – DeLaet and Kuchar hit mulligans off the first tee in their singles match – there was still some pride on the line.
 
"I still really want to win this," said Weir, with a big smile before teeing off. If nothing else, these guys are competitive to the end.
 
So this was more than a skins game but less than a tournament. It was competitive but friendly, as it should be. And for sponsor RBC, it was a hit. The players teed off in a morning nine-hole pro-am which one bank official called "about the best thing we've done in a long time."

The event is part of a week-long celebration of Canadian golf called GOLFest Nova Scotia and includes a Web.com Tour event where Villegas and Hadwin, along with a gaggle of talented Canadians will get down to more serious business.

Kuchar took the celebration to heart, taking his family on a Nova Scotia vacation prior to the RBC Canada Cup shootout. He went to Cape Breton and played Cabot Links and visited Fox Harb'r for another round.
He got a good chuckle from guests at an evening dinner when he announced that his next stop was going to be P.E.I.

Kuchar also delighted the crowds at the closing ceremonies when he praised the golf course and the fans, calling it a great, fun exhibition.
 
And that's pretty much what it was – a great, fun exhibition with some marvelous golf. Just about perfect for Canada Day.




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