Alexander Geoffrion-McInnis Thursday, September 5, 2013. 4:26 p.m.
SAINTE-JULIE - The Montreal Championship, which will be presented this weekend at the golf club of the Richelieu Valley, may be quite different from the three previous editions, faith Tournament Director David Skitt.
In addition to the tournament moved from July to September, Skitt, Synchro Sports, opted for the path Rouville, renovated at great expense last year. In the view of main interest, the field is much more demanding and will not provide a "festival of birdies."
Girouard raises the bar
"I do not compare the Montreal Championship at US Open, where conditions are very difficult, but a tournament where it is earned unless separates the top-10 players who are average, a-t he explained. The field may be the big winner of the weekend, hoping that the leaderboard is lined with top golfers until Sunday - and if Marc Girouard could be part of it would be even better. "
An opinion that is shared by the winner of the Shaw Charity Classic last week in Calgary, Rocco Mediate. Rookie on the Champions Tour has not hesitated to compare the competition to a "sprint" of three rounds.
"I have already said and I will repeat it. Anyone, regardless of age, regardless of the circuit in which it operates, you just try, launched the colorful golfer known for his outspokenness. We'll give you a correction. I promise. I promise. No matter who it is. Bring them. The scores that we display over three days are ridiculous.
"Here, it must be your game to the point, otherwise you will be in trouble, continued one who played the Canadian Open at Royal Montreal in 1997. This is a good course for a long hitter, a good player of driveway, in short, it's a good course. [...] There will be no joke here. Your game must be to the point, if there is going to destroy you. "
Mediate addition, 23 of the top 25 stock circuit last year will be present this week at the Montreal Championship, including Kenny Perry and Bernhard Langer. They will be making their first appearance. Fred Couples is the only absentee size, as is currently busy directing the US team for the Presidents Cup, played from 3 to 6 October.
Girouard, golf club Le Diamant, Quebec is the only golfer in the running this year at Montreal Championship. It will start on the 10th tee at 10 h 10 Friday, along with Gene Jones and Canadian Jim Rutledge of Victoria, British Columbia. Girouard had completed the tournament tied for 57th place at plus-3 last year.
Championship ... Quebec?
On the other hand, Skitt briefly discussed the future of the Montreal Championship, which runs the final year of a two-year contract with the Golf Club Richelieu Valley. Wednesday, information from the weekly L'Information of Sainte-Julie reported discussions between Synchro Sports and a golf club in the region of Quebec.
"The challenge now is to focus on the Montreal Championship 2013, but in my opinion there will be announcements for next year shortly after the tournament,"-t he said mysteriously.
Rather reluctant to address the issue, Skitt remained vague and preferred to speak of "several golf clubs." However, various sources have reported discussions with the golf club The Tempest, located in a suburb of Quebec City, Lévis, which notably hosted the Telus Skins Games in 2009. The presentation of the Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club the next year would not be foreign to the decision of the Montreal Championship potentially move up shop in the region of Quebec.
"We are negotiating with several golf at the moment, and of course with the Canadian Open will be in Montreal - without taking anything away from other golf courses - is perhaps not the best decision to have two golf courses in the same area sanctioned by the PGA Tour for three or four weeks apart. There is nothing signed at this time. "
Skitt does not exclude the possibility of returning to Sainte-Julie - especially the Golf Club Richelieu Valley had a clause giving him the right of first refusal if the competition comes one day in the metropolitan area of Montreal . Skitt evokes rather a matter of "respect" for the quality of the land, the organization and the people who gravitated Montreal Championship for two years in order to justify his eventual return.
"Without going into the details of the contract, given the favorable comments of the excellent condition of both the land and the success of the event, I think it would be some respect for that I would give them that privilege (of return to Golf Club Richelieu Valley), "said he added.
The Montreal Championship is a 54-hole tournament, played in the form match play, seamless, which makes the issue a total purse of US $ 1.6 million. Mark Calcavecchia is the defending champion.