The Montreal Championship is once again shaping up to be one of the best events on the Champions Tour.
This morning the event that is operated by Synchro Sports announced that Joey Sindelar, Jeff Sluman and Scott Simpson are the latest Champions Tour stars to commit for the 2011 Montreal Championship presented by Desjardins.
The three players, who have combined to win 20 times on the PGA TOUR, are the most recent additions to a starting field of legends that will converge on Club de golf Le Fontainebleau in Blainville, Quebec from June 27 to July 3. Competitors will chase a $1.8 million USD purse in the 54-hole championship, with the winner collecting a cheque for $270,000.
“We are just over a month away from the launch of the second Montreal Championship, and we are excited to welcome Jeff, Scott and Joey back to Quebec,” said David Skitt, now into his second year as Tournament Director. “The starting field is starting to round out and we are looking forward to watching the Champions Tour’s best entertain golf fans both in Montreal and across Canada.”
At the inaugural Montreal Championship last summer, Sindelar placed T10, Sluman T29 and Simpson T71.
Sluman counts the 1988 PGA Championship as his first of six victories on the PGA TOUR. Sluman has also won three times on the Champions Tour, including back-to-back crowns at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open in 2008 and 2009. Last summer, U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin named Sluman a Captain’s Assistant for the Ryder Cup in Wales.
Sindelar has won seven times on the PGA TOUR and played in the 1991 World Cup. At the 2006 PGA Championship, Sindelar recorded just the third double-eagle in the history of that major. Sindelar has more than 80 top 10 finishes on the PGA TOUR, and his best finish at a major is a T6 at the 1992 U.S. Open.
Simpson is also a seven-time winner on the PGA TOUR and claimed his only Champions Tour title at the 2006 Wal-Mart First Tee Open. Among Simpson’s triumphs on the PGA TOUR is a memorable 1987 U.S. Open, when he birdied 14, 15 and 16 on the final day to overtake Tom Watson for his only major win. Simpson also represented the U.S. at the Ryder Cup in 1987.