The Champions Tour returns to Canada for the first time since 2002 with an event in Montreal at Laval sur le Lac, according to multiple sources. The event will be put on by Synchro Sports, sources say, the Montreal sports events agency that runs the Canadian Tour’s Montreal Open. The firm has been aggressive in its promotion of the Canadian Tour event, including bringing in Jean Van de Velde a few years back, as well as John Daly and Hank Haney in recent years. The event was considered one of the stronger on the Canadian Tour.
Sources say the event will run in early July at Montreal’s presigious Laval sur le Lac club, which has recently been rumored as a potential host site for the Canadian Open. Regulars on the Champions Tour include Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson, Mark O’Meara, Ben Crenshaw and newbies like Fred Couples. A formal announcement had been expected, but will likely come next week, sources say. Lots of government cash in this one, I’m hearing, likely all provincial cash. I wonder how having Couples in town qualifies as a cultural event….
The question is whether anyone cares. Quebec has been a big supporter of pro tournaments when they are played in the province, but the senior tour in Canada died without much fuss, and the RCGA had little interest in trying to relaunch the event. This latest incarnation of the senior tour in Canada is being done without the RCGA, as far as I can tell. And can anyone honestly say they’ve watched an entire senior Champions Tour event in recent years? I know I can’t.
This also explains why the Montreal event disappeared from the Canadian Tour’s schedule. Anyone notice the Canadian Tour still hasn’t announced courses for seven of its events?