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Champions Tour Montreal Championship Notes

As the closest major city to Montreal there is plenty of chatter in Ottawa about the upcoming Champions Tour event. The press conference today entailed the usual pomp and circumstance with all manners of officials taking part.

Here are a few more notes drawn from the short press conference held in Montreal:

– The success of the 2007 Presidents Cup is credited as paving the way for this new Champions Tour event.

– Champions Tour player and former U.S. Open Champion Jerry Pate was involved in the very first meetings between the Champions Tour and host organizers/promoters Synchro Sports

– The PGA Senior Tour (now Champions Tour), first played in Quebec (Royal Ottawa) in 1984.  They last played there in 1999, at Richelieu Valley.

-The International Strategy for the Champions Tour started 2.5 years ago and immediately identified Canada as a target market.

Bernhard Langer and Peter Jacobsen were in attendance in Montreal for today’s press conference.

Jacobsen told Flagstick last night that, “he loved to play in Canada.”  He said he was delighted to have the chance to play in Canada again as the Canadian Open had been one of his favourite events.

Jacobsen told the crowd in Montreal today that the played many rounds over the years with Canadians Moe Norman and George Knudson.

He added that there was a “hole in the Champions Tour schedule,” and that hole was Canada.

Bernhard Langer mentioned that the one and only time he had competed in Canada was at the 1979 Canadian PGA Championship in Vancouver.

-We will bring you plenty more on this story as it develops.  Based on reader emails and inquiries it is sure to be a popular topic this year for golfers in the Flagstick coverage region.

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