SAINTE-JULIE, Que. - Fresh off a career week in Calgary, Rocco Mediate is looking to keep his Canadian roll going.
A rookie on the PGA's Champions Tour, Mediate cruised to victory by seven strokes Sunday with a 22 under at the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic at Canyon Meadows. The 50 year old is hoping to build on that victory this weekend at the Montreal Championship.
"Last week was kooky," Mediate said Thursday. "It was one of those weeks you want to have. I've never had a week like that as far as having that big of a lead or going into Sunday wanting to make a big lead so it would be, I wouldn't say easy, but easy coming into the last few holes.
"It was really fun. It was the first time I ever won twice in a year, so that was cool, too."
Mediate, who also won his Champions Tour debut in February at the Allianz Championship, and Charles Schwab Cup leader Kenny Perry are each making their first appearance at the tournament outside of Montreal. The same goes for two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer, who is second overall to Perry.
Mediate, currently seventh in Charles Schwab Cup standings, opened in Calgary with a 63 and followed that up with two rounds of 64. His total score of 191 tied for the lowest in Champions Tour history. The 50 year old also tied another tour record with four eagles.
The runner-up to Tiger Woods in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Mediate raved about the challenges presented by Vallee du Richelieu's Rouville course.
"It was cool being in Calgary last week, which was a great town," Mediate said. "This is obviously a great town. I'm glad we're here. The golf course is cool. This will bring out the best player this week.
"There is no fluking around here. There is no messing around here. You have to have your game or this place will tear you up, which I love courses like that."
Langer started his season on a roll with top-3 finishes in five of his first six Champions Tour events. He has 18 tour wins overall, including the ACE Group Classic in February and the Greater Gwinnett Championship in April.
"The course is very good, very interesting, good shape and tree-lined golf course, small greens," said Langer, who won the Masters in 1985 and 1993 and shot 2 over at this year's tournament to finish in a tie for 25th. "Narrow fairways, quite a bit of rough, so it's going to be a good test of golf."
Mark Calcavecchia, last year's champion at Vallee du Richelieu, is also in the field of 81. He missed the last two events, including Calgary, because of back problems.
"I put in a couple of days light practice and played nine holes on Friday and Sunday and really felt pretty good, so I decided for sure on Sunday that I was coming," said Calcavecchia, who shot a 16-under 200 last June on the Vercheres course for his second career Champions Tour win.
Calcavecchia got his first look at the Rouville course during Thursday's pro-am.
"The course is longer, to begin with, especially the par-3s" Calcavecchia said. "Three of the par-3s are really long. Those holes are hard. If you can play the par-3s even par this week you are going to pick up a lot of strokes on the field."
David Frost, who sits third in overall standings, is making his fourth straight appearance in Montreal, as are John Cook, who won the Montreal Championship in 2011, and Larry Mize, the tournament's inaugural champion in 2010.
Rod Spittle of Niagara Falls, Ont., is one of three Canadians in the field, along with Victoria's Jim Rutledge and Marc Girouard of Saint-Sauveur, Que.
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