Calc Rolls To Win at Montreal Championship

Mark Calcavecchia Earned His 3rd Professional Win in Canada Sunday at the Montreal Championship

If they were looking for a gregarious and fan friendly winner at the 3rd edition of the Champions Tour Montreal Championship tournament organizers got what they were looking for.

1989 Open Championship winner Mark Calcavecchia rolled to his second win on the Champions Tour in Sainte-Julie, Quebec on Sunday, at the historic Richelieu Valley Golf Club.

In winning for the third time in his career in Canada (Mark won the PGA Tour’s 1997 Greater Vancouver Open and the 2005 Canadian Open) grabbed the trophy by matching the course record of 8 under par, 64 on Sunday to  get past the field by four strokes.

Calcavecchia. now 52, and six birdies and also chipped in for an eagle on the par 5, 16th hole, to cement his lead.  For the three rounds he shot 200, 16-under par.

“I made some nice 4-footers for pars, which were nice,” Calcavecchia said. “I get a little shaky on those on occasion and for some reason today I just felt good on them, and then that 16th happened and I figured that even if I bogeyed the last two holes, I’d be fine, which I was.

“I’ve always liked Canada, even in the early years when we played Glen Abbey every year,” Calcavecchia added. “I had some good tournaments there in my early days. One of my fondest memories my first few years on the tour, I made the cut in the Canadian Open and I played the third round with Tom Weiskopf and Jack Nicklaus, so I thought that was pretty cool. I’ll never forget that.”

Finishing second to Calcavecchia was Brad Bryant who closed with a 65 on Sunday.

“Calc is such a great front-runner that you kind of know, he gets his momentum going and he’s really hard to catch,” Bryant said. “I made nine birdies today and I’ll bet he made more than I did, so it’s hard to know. He’s amazing that way.”

Second-round leader Bob Tway and first-round leader Russ Cochran stayed in the mix,eventually tying for third at 11 under.

Despite withdrawals from key players such as Fred Couples and Nick Price prior to the event start, Montreal Championship organizers were pleased with the attendance this year after a notable drop in 2011.  Some 61,000 people came through the gates at Richelieu Valley.  More than a few players commented that the crowds were the largest on tour this season, a solid endorsement for the venue and date change from last year

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