New PGA Tour members Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont., and Roberto Diaz of Veracruz, Mexico will captain the teams from the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica at the 2017 Aruba Cup, taking place December 11-16 at Tierra del Sol Resort and Golf in Aruba.
Silverman and Diaz, both rookies after finishing in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour regular season money list, will lead teams of 10 players in the Presidents Cup-style match play event.
“It’s an honour to be selected by the Mackenzie Tour to lead our team at the Aruba Cup this December,” said Silverman, who made his debut as a PGA Tour member with a T43 finish at the Safeway Open.
You can listen to what Silverman had to say about his debut here.
“It feels like it’s happened pretty fast, but it’s fun to look back and remember where I came from and go help out some guys who are coming from there right now,” said Silverman.
Silverman, 29, played on the Mackenzie Tour in 2014 and 2015 before going on to earn Web.com Tour status for the 2016 season.
In 2017, he had a breakthrough year with five top-10s and a win at the Price Cutter Charity Championship. He finished 10th on the money list.