(July 31, 2012 - Halifax, NS) – England’s Paul Casey used a strong short game to hold off long-bomber and defending champion Jhonattan Vegas on the second day of action to win the 2012 TELUS World Skins Game in a playoff. Casey won four skins for $100,000 in the playoff on the 18th hole for a two-day total of eight skins for $185,000.
Casey made a long birdie putt on the par three 13th hole, followed by an eagle on the par five 14th hole, to pull into a tie for the lead with Vegas with $85,000 in skins and then sealed the victory in the playoff hole with the closest shot to the pin among the five PGA TOUR professionals and Nike athletes.
“This event has quickly become very special to me, and it’s an honour to win it here in Halifax,” said Casey. “I had heard so much about the tremendous hospitality here and the city lived up to it and more. The trophy is wonderful, but the friends and the memories we made here are even more valuable. We all appreciated all that TELUS did through this event to support the IWK Health Centre Foundation and I look forward to coming back next year to defend the title.”
Supporting local charities has always been an important part of the TELUS World Skins Game and TELUS’ pledge to ‘give where we live’. More than $150,000 was raised over the two days for the IWK Health Centre Foundation before TELUS generously raised the donation amount to $200,000 in the closing ceremony on the 18th green.
“We knew that Halifax would make the perfect host for the 20th anniversary of the TELUS World Skins Game and the Maritimes golf fans certainly made this a very special two days,” Gen. (Ret.) Rick Hillier, Chair of the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board. “We were thrilled to be able to bring the world’s best golfers to Glen Arbour this week, but even more importantly, to support an important part of our community like the IWK Health Centre Foundation.”
Casey and Vegas were joined this year by fellow Nike athletes Stephen Ames, Lucas Glover and Carl Pettersson. After getting shut out in the first day of action, Pettersson earned three skins for $60,000, while Ames and Glover each finished with one skin for $15,000.
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