The star attraction of the 2010 Champions Tour Montreal Championship (presented by Desjardins) has confirmed his return for the 2011 edition of the award-winning tournament. Last year fan favourite Fred Couples finished four strokes back of fellow Masters Champion Larry Mize in in pursuit of the newest title on the Champions Tour.
Couples, who won four times in his 2010 Champions Tour rookie season, has committed to the second edition of the championship to be held June 27 to July 3 at Club de golf Le Fontainebleau in Blainville, Quebec. The winner will take home a $270,000 share of the $1.8 million USD purse.
“I’m very excited to be going back to Montreal. There were a lot of people out there last year, which is always fun for us,” said Couples.
In the inaugural Montreal Championship last year, Couples stayed near the top of the leaderboard for all three days before eventually settling for a share of fifth place. Couples was extremely impressed with the first-year tournament and indicated last summer he would likely return to Montreal.
“This tournament feels like a major championship,” Couples stated at a press conference during the first Montreal Championship.
“We are thrilled and honoured to welcome Fred Couples back to Canada for the 2011 Montreal Championship,” stated Tournament Chairman Ronald Corey. “Fred is the consummate gentleman and an ideal ambassador for the game. This is wonderful news for Fred’s thousands of fans and the entire Quebec golf community.”
In 2010, Couples, a 15-time PGA TOUR champion, became the first player in Champions Tour history to win three times in his first four starts. A two-time PGA TOUR Player of the Year, Couples and Tom Watson share the record for most consecutive cuts made at The Masters with 23.
“Thousands of fans followed Fred around Fontainebleau during the first Montreal Championship, and there is little doubt he remains one of the most popular, fan-friendly players in the world,” said Tournament Director David Skitt. “We fully expect this year’s field to be one of the strongest of the Champions Tour season, and Fred’s commitment to the championship gives Quebec golf fans an idea of the quality of players that will be here this summer.”
Later this year, Couples will captain the U.S. Team at the Presidents Cup, just as he did for the victorious U.S. team two years ago.
Montreal Championship event organizers will continue to release information as players commit to the tournament.