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TELUS Skins Game Brings World's #1 Ranked Player To Whistler, B.C. July 4 and 5

2nd March, 2005
Record Setting Vijay Singh and Always Popular John Daly To Tee It Up At Nicklaus North Golf Course.

Canada’s summer golf classic, the TELUS Skins Game, will be returning to Whistler, British Columbia this year and will be bringing two of the biggest names in the game to beautiful Nicklaus North Golf Course.

The world’s number one ranked player, Vijay Singh; the always-popular John Daly, and two other players to be confirmed in the coming months, will tee it up July 4 and 5 for $360,000 in prize money.

“Each year, the TELUS Skins Game is a highlight of the Canadian summer sporting schedule and the entire TELUS team is proud to be able to share this event with golf fans from all corners of the country,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO.  “Everything about this event - the competition, the challenging golf courses, the supportive fans - is always first rate, and having Vijay and John participating guarantees Canadian golf fans another world-class event.”

Vijay Singh, a TELUS Skins Game Champion in 2001 and again in 2003, is coming off a fairytale 2004 season on the PGA Tour that saw him post nine victories, earn a PGA Tour record $10,905,166, and unseat Tiger Woods as the number one player in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Also returning as a veteran of the TELUS Skins Game is Daly, one of the most popular players to ever participate in the event.  His trademark sense of humour and long-driving skills have created some of the most memorable moments in the event’s history.

“I always look forward to coming to Canada for the TELUS Skins Game,” said Daly.  “It is one of my favourite events and the people have always responded when I’ve played there.  I’ve heard nothing but great, great things about Nicklaus North, and with Vijay also returning, it will make for a great event.”

The TELUS Skins Game’s return to the Nicklaus North Golf Course, the site of the 1997 event which featured Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Fred Couples and Nick Faldo, marks the first time in the event’s thirteen-year history that it has returned to a course previously played. This year will also mark the third time the event has been held in British Columbia.

The 1997 event is still considered one of the most memorable Skins Games ever as tickets sold out in under an hour and the broadcast generated the highest ratings in the event’s history.

It has also been confirmed that The Fairmont Chateau Whistler will be the official hotel of the 2005 TELUS Skins Game, hosting the players and sponsors as well as special sponsor events.

Other event details, including ticket sale information, remaining confirmed players and the TSN/RDS Television schedules will be announced over the coming months.

Over the years, the Skins Game line-up has included many of the biggest names in golf, including: Nick Price, Ray Floyd, Jack Nicklaus, Fred Couples, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman, John Daly, Ernie Els, Mark O’Meara, Mike Weir, Ian Leggatt, David Duval, Sergio Garcia, Hank Kuehne, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson, the 2004 TELUS Skins Game Champion.

The TELUS Skins Game is also sponsored by Nicklaus North Golf Course, the GolfBC Group, Firethorn, Pinnacle/Cobra and The Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Contact:
Dave Haggith
IMG Canada
Tel: (416) 960-5312 ext. 123
e-mail: dhaggith@imgworld.com

Shawn Hall
TELUS Media Relations
Tel: (604) 697-8176
e-mail: shawn.hall@telus.com