|Fan favourite Fred Couples commits to Montreal Championship|
1992 Masters champion on record pace in Champions Tour rookie season
MONTREAL - Synchro Sports is thrilled to announce that 1992 Masters Champion Fred Couples, who is on a record-settling pace in his 2010 Champions Tour rookie season, has committed to play in the inaugural Montreal Championship presented by Desjardins.
The popular fan favourite joins a star-studded field for the championship, which will be held at July 2-4 at Club de golf Le Fontainebleau in Blainville, Quebec.
"I'm very excited to be going back to Montreal. I've known Mr. Corey (Ronald) for a long time and I'm excited to be going to the tournament. I know he and his team will do a fantastic job. I would say Mr. Corey has a lot of respect up there and a lot of players will play in the event because of him," said Couples.
"This is wonderful news not only for golf fans in Quebec, but across the country," stated Montreal Championship Chairman Ronald Corey. "Fred is the consummate professional and a worldwide fan favourite, and we could not be more privileged than to have him thrill his legions of fans in Montreal."
Couples, a 15-time PGA TOUR champion, has been dominating on the Champions Tour in his freshman season. After finishing second to Tom Watson at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, Couples went on a tear, reeling off three consecutive victories to become the first player to win three times in his first four Champions Tour starts. The two-time PGA TOUR Player of the Year also became the eighth player to win three in a row on the Champions Tour, and the first since Jay Haas four years ago. In the 12 rounds that made up his first four Champions Tour starts, Couples was a cumulative 77-under par.
Earlier this month at The Masters, Couples held the outright lead after the opening round and climbed to within one shot of the leaders on Sunday afternoon before eventually finishing sixth. Couples and Tom Watson share the record for most consecutive cuts made at The Masters, playing on the weekend at Augusta National 23 straight seasons. Couples saw that streak end two years ago.
"There is no doubt Fred remains one of the most popular players in the world and his participation certainly enhances the world-class international field of legends we will see in Montreal this summer," says Tournament Director David Skitt.
Couples has also enjoyed an outstanding international career which was punctuated when he captained the U.S. team to the Presidents Cup last fall.
Among the Champions Tour legends already committed for the event are 45-time winner Hale Irwin, who recently celebrated his 1,000th combined start on the PGA and Champions Tours, 1987 U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson, nine-time PGA TOUR winner Jay Haas and John Cook, who counts the 1983 Canadian Open among his 11 PGA TOUR triumphs.
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