It’s been seven years since the Champions Tour has ventured north of the border but they are back and in a big way.
The Champions Tour Montreal Championship officially kicks off tournament rounds on Friday at Club de Golf Le Fountainebleau in Blainville, Quebec and golf fans couldn’t ask for better circumstances. On top of being hosted by a quality Darrell Huxham/Graham Cooke design, the field for the inaugural Montreal Championship is nothing short of spectacular.
With the exception of Tom Watson, just about every significant Champions Tour player has made the trek to Canada. That includes 23 of the top 30 players from the current Charles Schwab Cup points standings. Among the recognizable names are Fred Couples, Tom Kite, Craig Stadler, Mark Calcavecchia, Peter Jacobsen, Corey Pavin, Tom Lehman, Wayne Levi and last week’s Dicks Sporting Goods Open winner, Loren Roberts.
“I’m excited to be here,” Roberts told Flagstick this morning in the on-site media tent. “It’s a little cooler right now than I am used to but I hear it is warming up which should be good,” he mentioned as the temperatures hovered just over 12 Celsius and the wind was up.
It’s safe to say that some of the best senior-aged players are here this week and golf fans in Quebec, Outaouais, Ottawa, and Eastern Ontario have a great opportunity to see them live.
Tickets are still available and you can even sign up for a Newsletter to inform you about ticket availability for 2011 (the event is confirmed for at least a three year run) by visiting their web page here. You can also get tickets right at the gate so a last minute trip is not out of the question.
We will be providing updates all week and have extended coverage on Sunday, live from Fontainebleau.
Watch for Montreal Championship posts on our Twitter page at www.twitter.com/flagstick and we will put up a photo gallery as the week moves along.