Just received notice of this. As for the identity of the mysterious 5th player, word has it that it will be indeed Mike Weir, now free from conflict with the expiration of his Bell sponsorship deal.
Looks like a great field and it will likely be very entertaining for those in attendance. I will definitely catch it on television.
I hope the field is just as strong when the event make its way back to eastern Canada in the future.
Young Star Villegas and Veteran Montgomerie Added to Field for 2008 TELUS World Skins Game
Toronto, ON – One of the most entertaining young stars in golf will be taking on the veteran fan favourites this summer when the TELUS World Skins Game visits British Columbia’s Predator Ridge Golf Resort. Camilo Villegas and Colin Montgomerie were added to the field for the popular Canadian golf event today, joining the previously announced Fred Couples and Greg Norman.
The TELUS World Skins Game returns to Predator Ridge, the site of the 2000 Skins Game, on Monday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 17 and will feature five of the top names in golf, each representing a different country. Villegas, who will be participating in the TELUS Skins Game for the first time, will represent his native Colombia, while Montgomerie, making only his second career appearance in Canada, will be representing Scotland.
“We are as excited to bring the TELUS World Skins Game in support of BC Children’s Hospital back to British Columbia this summer as we are about the quality of this year’s field,” said Steve Podborski, executive director of TELUS Sport Marketing. “Each year the TELUS World Skins Game aims to showcase not only the best golfers in the sport, but some of the most entertaining personalities in golf. The four players we’ve announced so far, combined with our support for BC Children’s Hospital, will certainly make the 2008 TELUS World Skins Game one of the most exciting golf events of the season.”
The 26-year old Villegas (full name pronounced Ka-mee-low Bee-jay-gaas) has quickly become a PGA Tour fan favourite with his blistering drives and a unique putting routine that sees him crouch down low to the ground to read the slope of the green, earning him the nickname Hombre Araña” (Spider-Man).
“I’m honoured to be invited to participate in the 2008 TELUS World Skins Game alongside such golf greats as Fred Couples, Greg Norman and Colin Montgomerie,” said Villegas. “I’ve heard wonderful things about the event, its support of BC Children’s Hospital, and golf in Western Canada, and look forward to being there in June.”
Montgomerie, the eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner, will be looking to redeem himself after he came up empty handed in his first appearance at the TELUS World Skins Game in Collingwood last summer. While he didn’t win any Skins last year, Montgomerie showed why he is such a fan favourite the world over, entertaining the fans with both his golf and his quips.
Tickets for the 2008 TELUS World Skins Game will go on sale Monday, April 14 at 10 a.m. (PST) and can be purchased by calling 1-866-60SKIN1 (1-866-607-5461) or by visiting www.telusskins.com. The remaining player in the 2008 TELUS World Skins Game field will be announced over the next two weeks prior to tickets going on sale.