A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO CHEER ON THE WORLD'S TOP PROFESSIONAL GOLFERS
MONTREAL, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay,
today met with golf legends, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, who will be the
captains of the two teams competing in The Presidents Cup, to be held at The
Royal Montreal Golf Club, September 25 to 30, 2007.
Mayor Tremblay was accompanied by Mike Bodney, Senior Vice-President of
Championship Management (PGA TOUR); Michael Richards and Tom Clark,
respectively General Chairman and Executive Director of The Presidents Cup;
Richar Pattee, president of The Royal Montréal Golf Club; Francine Senécal,
Vice-Chairperson of the Montréal executive committee responsible for sports
recreation and nature museums and Richard Bélanger, Mayor of the
"It is a true privilege for Montréal to host such a prestigious event,
and I congratulate Michael Richards, tournament chairman, as well as members
of the Royal Montreal Golf Club for their hard work in bringing The Presidents
Cup to Montréal, which confirms our city's reputation on the international
sports scene," said Mayor Tremblay.
"The Royal Montreal Golf Club hosted the Bell Canadian Open in 1997 and
2001, and this fall, it will be hosting the 7th Presidents Cup on the same
site. Hosting such high-profile events in our borough proves that we have a
quality environment that is second to none," said Richard Bélanger, Mayor of
the L'Ile-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève borough.
This year's Presidents Cup will be held September 25 to 30. It has been
held every other year since 1994, alternately in the United States and other
parts of the world. The event will be presented in Canada for the first time
and for only the third time outside the United States. The Presidents Cup will
be broadcast in 140 countries and the honourary president is the Prime
Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper.
The Presidents Cup brings together the 12 best golfers from the United
Sates and the 12 best in the world, with the exception of the Europeans who
compete with the Americans in the Ryder Cup. It is a unique opportunity for
golf fans to cheer on the big names in golf. In 2005, Tiger Woods, Vijay
Singh, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Mike Weir took part in the event.
Contrary to other major tournaments, no prize money is awarded to The
Presidents Cup winners; all proceeds go to PGA TOUR Charities Inc. for
distribution to worthy causes. The six previous editions of The Presidents Cup
brought in a total of US $13.5 million.
The Royal Montreal Golf Club is North America's oldest golf club. The
first nine-hole course was founded in 1873 on the east side of Mount Royal. It
moved to Dorval in 1896. The current Ile Bizard 45-hole course was designed in
1959 by architect Dick Wilson, and the blue course was remodeled in 2006 by
architect Rees Jones. The private club hosted nine Canadian Open championships
between 1904 and 2001.
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For further information: Luc Landry, chargé de communication, Service
des communications et des relations avec les citoyens, (514) 872-2948; Lucie
René, chef de division de l'accueil et de l'information, Arrondissement de
L'Ile-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève, (514) 620-6956; Source: Bernard Larin, cabinet
du maire et du comité exécutif, (514) 872-9998