Graeme McDowell and Graham DeLaet, two of the PGA Tour's top ranked players, are set to square off in a made-for-television event dubbed The Match at Cabot Links later this month.
McDowell, the Northern Irishman who is ranked No. 9 in the world, and DeLaet, from Weyburn, Sask. currently the top ranked pro in Canada, will take part in the inaugural match-play event on Canada's first and only true links golf course September 23rd.
Incorporating the spectacular Cape Breton landscape, dramatic seaside, undulating terrain and sandy soil, the Rod Whitman-designed Cabot Links has already garnered several top accolades in just over a year of operation. Golf Magazine recently ranked it 82nd among its Top 100 Courses in the World.
“I grew up playing links golf on the North Coast of Ireland. I’ve heard all the stories about Cabot and I look forward to experiencing the course for myself in a couple of weeks,” said McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion and a member of last year's winning Ryder Cup squad.
“The Nova Scotian landscape looks a lot more like Portrush than I imagine Graham’s hometown in Saskatchewan does – let’s hope that counters the home field advantage,” he added.
“It is always great to get back to Canada to play golf and Cabot Links will provide a challenge that is unique across the country," said DeLaet, who has seven top-10 results on the PGA Tour this year and was recently named to the Presidents Cup squad. "To play with Graeme at one of Canada’s top courses should be a memorable experience.”
McDowell and DeLaet will head to Cabot Links one day after the Tour Championship, which concludes the FedEx Cup. DeLaet is guaranteed of making it to the final tournament while McDowell will likely need a top 10 finish this weekend to book himself a trip to Atlanta.
Cabot Links co-owners Ben Cowan-Dewar and Mike Keiser recently started construction on Cabot Cliffs, a second 18-hole golf course located just north of course on property that overlooks the Cape Breton coastline.