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Champions Tour Stretching into Quebec


The Champions Tour has added a new event in Montreal, Canada. The 54-hole Montreal Championship will be held July 2-4 at Fontainebleau Golf Club. The total purse will be $1.8 million, with the winner taking home $270,000.

"We realize the strategic importance of growing the Champions Tour brand globally and establishing a strong presence in Canada," said Champions Tour President Mike Stevens. "Following the overwhelming success of the 2007 Presidents Cup, our players are excited to be back playing in Canada and looking forward to visiting and showcasing the Champions Tour in the world- class city of Montreal."

Fontainebleau is no stranger to big golf tournaments. In addition to the 2007 the Presidents Cup, three years earlier the 7,105-yard, par-72 layout held the Skins Game with Phil Mickelson, John Daly, Vijay Singh and Hank Kuehne.

In addition to the PGA Tour, the 78-player event will be backed by Montreal-based Synchro Sports, which worked with the Canadian government on a $2.35 million grant for the marketing and promotion of the tournament over a three-year period to help establish it as a viable entity in the province of Quebec.

Among the players expected to compete in this year's inaugural event are Fred Couples, Corey Pavin, Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price and Mark O'Meara.

"Our objective is to further position the city of Montreal as an enticing tourist and golf destination and to maximize the economic benefits to the city and the province of Quebec," said Patrick Bibeau, president of Synchro Sports.

"We have the fortitude to rely on solid corporate partners that clearly believe in the viability of this championship and whom have partnered with us in the past," Bibeau added. "However, the arrival of the Champions Tour to Montreal would simply not have been possible without the support of both the provincial and federal governments."