Round 3 Notes: Montreal Championship

June 24, 2012
Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff

Weather: Mostly sunny in the morning before becoming cloudy in the afternoon. High temperatures reached 80 and winds were from the WNW at 5-10 mph.


Mark Calcavecchia continues to find success north of the border. With his victory, Calcavecchia won for the third time as a pro in Canada. His first win came at the 1997 Greater Vancouver Open and eight years later, he added a second victory at the 2005 Bell Canadian Open (at Shaughnessy G&CC in Vancouver). He was also a two-time runner-up in the Canadian Open (1989, '94). In addition, he also established a PGA TOUR mark when he reeled off nine consecutive birdies at the 2009 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey.

Mark Calcavecchia's 8-under-par 64 tied the competitive course record at the La Vallee du Richelieu GC Vercheres Course. The mark was set in 1997 by Marc Girouard, who competed in this event and finished T57.

• Calcavecchia certainly enjoyed the par-5 holes on Sunday. He was 5-under on Sunday and 8-under for the tournament on the par-5s.

• Calcavecchia wins $270,000 with his victory and claims his second Champions Tour title. He notched his first at the 2011 Boeing Classic near Seattle. The win came in his 48th start on the Champions Tour.

• Calcavecchia's victory marked the 21st consecutive event that the tournament champion has come from the final group. The last time it didn't happen was in early July, 2011, when Jeff Sluman rallied to win the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Sluman was in the third-to-last grouping going into the final round

Brad Bryant's final-round 7-under 65 was somewhat overshadowed by Calcavecchia's performance, but Bryant continues to enjoy an impressive year despite battling a foot problem. Bryant already has eight top-10 finishes, three more than he had in all of 2011. Bryant also led all players with 18 birdies, one more than Michael Allen.

• Canadian Jim Rutledge (Victoria) bounced back from a 4-over-par 76 in the opening round to shoot rounds of 68-69 on the weekend and they were instrumental in his T20 finish. It was the best showing by the six Canadian players in the field.

• A birdie on No. 18 allowed Michael Allen to finish T5, but more importantly, it allowed him to pick up 79 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race which vaulted him atop the leaderboard in the season-long race. Allen now has 1,120 points, five more than Bernhard Langer. Tom Lehman is third with 1,046 followed by John Cook (789) and Roger Chapman (756). With double points on the docket at this week's Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, that race could change once again.

Bernhard Langer finished T23 on Sunday at the BMW International Open on the European Tour in Cologne, Germany.

Craig Stadler finished seventh, his best showing since he was sixth at the 2009 Boeing Classic. Stadler's finish helped him jump from 90th on the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship money list to 64th and a spot in this week's field for the top 81 players on that money list.

• Hole No. 13 proved to be a bear on Sunday, as just one player made birdie on the par-3 hole. Steve Pate earned those honors as 35 others made bogeys on the 209-yard hole. It finished as the most difficult hole with an average score of 3.292 for the tournament.

Michael Allen and Mark Calcavecchia finished one-two in Putts-per-Round with 24.67 and 25.00, respectively.

• Defending champion John Cook finished T15, while Larry Mize, the 2010 winner, finished T20.

• The field scoring average was 72.035 for the event and Mark Calcavecchia and Michael Allen were the only two players who posted three straight rounds in the 60s.