“These guys are still good,” may not be the official slogan for the Champions Tour but all indications are that it is true based on the opening round of the Montreal Championship.
Play got underway Friday at Canada’s only PGA Tour sanctioned event for the overage set and low scores was the theme of the day at the Club de Golf Fontainebleau.
Your leaders are John Cook and John Huston who each took a 9 under par stroll around the Darrell Huxham design, each tying the course record in the process. Huston is coming off a win last week at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, New York, the first for him on the Champions Tour where he has made just three appearances in his rookie season. Huston is a 7-time winner on the PGA Tour.
Cook is a familiar name on the board in Montreal; in the event’s inaugural run last year he finished in second place to Larry Mize. Although happy with his 9 under total, it looked like he would go even lower after reaching 7 under par through 10 holes.
Mize is off to a good start in his title defense, the Georgia native fired a 65 on Friday, good enough for a share of third place with six other players.
The leading Canadians are Rod Spittle and Jim Rutledge. Each turned in a three under par, 69, on Friday and share 34th place.