Calc comes from behind for Montreal win|
Sainte-Julie, QC (Sports Network) - Mark Calcavecchia fired an 8-under 64 on
Sunday to come from behind and win the Montreal Championship, his second
victory on the Champions Tour.
Calcavecchia finished at 16-under 200 and won by 4 shots at La Vallee du
Richelieu Golf Club.
Calcavecchia's other victory on the 50-and-over circuit came at last year's
Brad Bryant posted a 7-under 65 and took second at minus-12.
Second-round leader Bob Tway managed a 2-under 70, but it was only enough to
share third place. Russ Cochran shot a 4-under 68 and matched Tway at 11-under
The final round didn't seem to start really well for Calcavecchia. Tway sank a
long birdie putt at one, then Calcavecchia hit a terrible drive at the second,
but caught a break when the ball made it through some trees.
"Bob made a 30-footer right off the bat on 1 and I hit that terrible drive on
2 and I wasn't looking real good at that point," admitted Calcavecchia.
He turned things around at the third, although once again, he caught a lucky
break when his ball bounced out of the thick rough and into the primary cut.
Calcavecchia hit a sand-wedge to 15 feet and made the birdie putt.
The birdie at No. 3 kicked off a great run for Calcavecchia. He kicked in a
short birdie putt at four, then drained a 15-footer for birdie at the fifth.
He parred six, but tapped in a short birdie putt at the par-5 seventh.
Calcavecchia rolled in a long birdie putt at the eighth and was in command of
After a nice par save at the ninth, Calcavecchia found a greenside bunker with
his second at the par-5 11th. He blasted out to 5 feet and converted the
Calcavecchia missed the green with his second at the par-5 16th. It hardly
mattered. Calcavecchia chipped in for eagle and a lead that was too much for
anyone to overcome.
"It was a great day," said Calcavecchia. "I putted great. You know,
that's what it takes most of the time to win out here."
Leading money winner Michael Allen and Jay Don Blake both had 3-under 69s on
Sunday and tied for fifth at 10-under 206. Craig Stadler carded a 3-under 69
and came in seventh at minus-8.
NOTES: This was Calcavecchia's third win in Canada after two victories on the
PGA Tour...He earned $270,000 for the win...Last year's champion, John Cook,
shot a 3-under 69 and tied for 15th at 4-under par...The Champions Tour moves
to Pennsylvania next week for the third major of the season, the Constellation
Senior Players Championship at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, where Fred
Couples is the defending champion.
06/24 19:51:15 ET