August 18, 2019

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The PGA Tour of Canada comes to town this week — and it's not just a regular year for the Players Cup.

The event hits 100 — and in a good way.

First played as The Manitoba Open in 1919, the Players Cup is one of the oldest golf tournaments in North America. In 1998 it was renamed the MTS Classic and later the Free Press Manitoba Classic. In 2008 it took its current name and then joined the newly formed Mackenzie Tour — PGA TOUR Canada in 2013.

The event that runs Thursday-Sunday at Southwood will feature some of the best up and coming golfers looking to take that step toward their dream of playing on golf’s greatest stage as they compete for their share of the $175,000 purse.

On Monday, wannabe competitors played a qualifying round at Glendale and Taylor Allen was out at the St. James course and has a full report.

The forecast looks stellar with mostly sunny skies this week, but some wind on the weekend may give the competitors some trouble on the wide-open Southwood.

Our intrepid Mike McIntyre lobbied me to cover the event and will have daily dispatches.

Have a great week, folks.

— Sports editor Steve Lyons


Our coverage

  • Winnipegger Bret Thompson  (SASHA SEFTER / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Winnipegger Bret Thompson

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What we're reading

  • Bianca Andreescu of Canada hugs the winner's trophy after defeating Serena Williams of the United States during Rogers Cup tennis finals tournament  on Sunday. (Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

    Bianca Andreescu of Canada hugs the winner's trophy after defeating Serena Williams of the United States during Rogers Cup tennis finals tournament on Sunday.

    Cathal Kelly: Bianca Andreescu is beginning to seem like Serena Williams’s time-travelling doppelganger
  • Adapt and overcome: Sportsnet's David Singh writes how a short-term demotion and a positional switch saved Lourdes Gurriel Jr.'s season, reawakened his potential and altered the course of his career
  • 'Oh my God, how can we do this?': An oral history of the 1994 MLB strike (ESPN)
  • Ground zero: Two Years From Seattle's Inaugural Season, GM Ron Francis Has So Much to Do (Sports Illustrated)

In case you missed it

  • Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine (29), of Finland, and Kyle Connor (81). (Jeff Roberson / The Associated Press Files)

    Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine (29), of Finland, and Kyle Connor (81).

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  • Weak lineup a true north shame: Canada would have legit shot at Olympics if best players showed up
  • Mike McIntyre: Laine, Connor contract talks a high-price game of chicken
  • In the swim of things: U of M star Wog warming up for 2020 Olympics

On Tap

  • Wild West: The Bombers are back in action on Thursday when they host conference rival B.C. Lions. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
  • Play ball!: The Goldeyes open a five-game homestand on Thursday when they play the first of three vs the Chicago Dogs. Game time is 7 p.m.
  • Hitting the links: The 100th Players Cup gets underway on Thursday at Southwood Golf and Country Club
  • Pitching it: Valour FC looks to win back to back games when they host Forge FC on Saturday. Game time is 5 p.m.

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