The TELUS World Skins Game, renowned for bringing some of the top names in golf to Canada each summer, rounded out the 2010 field today with the addition of two players ranked in the Top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Ian Poulter of England (ranked 7th) and Retief Goosen of South Africa (ranked 16th) will be joining the previously announced trio of Camilo Villegas of Colombia, Fred Couples of the United States and Canada’s own Mike Weir when the event visits Victoria, B.C.’s Bear Mountain Resort in June.
Poulter, who earned his first PGA TOUR victory in February at the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play, made his first appearance in the TELUS World Skins Game last summer and was an instant hit with the fans in Quèbec City. Known as one of the most colourful players in golf for radical outfits he sometimes wears on the course and his engaging personality, Poulter can be looked at as a serious contender for the 2010 TELUS World Skins Game title.
“I had a great time last year playing in the TELUS World Skins Game, and really appreciate the invitation to play again as the event heads to the West Coast of Canada,” said Poulter. “I’ve obviously enjoyed the start to the 2010 season, but now this return trip to Canada, with the chance to help a great local charity, is sure to go down as one of the highlights of my season.”
Like Poulter, Retief Goosen will also be making his second appearance in the TELUS World Skins Game, having played in 2007 when the event was held in Collingwood, Ontario. With 30 international victories to his credit, including U.S. Open Championships in 2001 and 2004, Goosen is one of the top stars of the game.
“Any time you have the chance to play alongside such great players, and in front of such supportive fans, as the fans in Canada have been whenever I’ve played there, you look forward to it,” said Goosen. “The event comes at the perfect time, where we can enjoy the time on the golf course after a challenging U.S. Open, and I know both the players and the fans there will enjoy it.”
The two-day event will be held on June 21 and 22, 2010 and will feature five of the top names in international golf each representing a different country. The intimate, relaxed setting of the Skins Game format allows players to engage with the cameras and the crowds as they compete against each other for pride, prize money and the event’s designated charity, Jeneece Place.
A two-day pass for the 2010 TELUS World Skins Game is priced at $165 (plus applicable taxes), with a 50 per cent discount for children 12 and under. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday, April 12 at 9 a.m. (Pacific Time) and can be purchased online by visiting www.telusskins.com or by calling 1-866-60SKIN1 (1-866-607-5461).