Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Returns to Victoria, BCPosted on December 21, 2016
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PGA TOUR Champions and Pacific Links International announced today that the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship will return to Victoria, British Columbia in 2017. The event will once again be played at The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa the week of Monday, September 11th – Sunday, September 17th, 2017.
The 2016 event was a great success, with 81 of the top PGA TOUR Champions players competing for one of the season’s highest purses of US $2.5 million. The tournament saw more than 27,000 spectators come out to watch the largest event held on Vancouver Island, as well as the support from over 600 volunteers from the community that made the event possible. All three competitive rounds of tournament play were broadcast live by the Golf Channel to more than 200 million homes in 84 countries around the world.
World Golf Hall of Famer Colin Montgomerie (nicknamed “Monty” by fans) was victorious at the inaugural event after beating Scott McCarron in a three-hole playoff. Montgomerie closed the day at 4-under 67 to hold off McCarron; both players were at 15-under for the tournament going into the playoff. On the third sudden-death hole, the Scotsman made a 15-foot birdie putt to win the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship as well as his 50th career victory in front of crowds chanting “Monty, Monty”.
“I am delighted that the Pacific Links Championship is returning to Bear Mountain in September next year,” Montgomerie remarked. “I was thrilled to win the tournament this year, it was my first 54 hole victory on the Champions Tour and my 50th professional tournament win. The setting is superb, a fantastic course and the people of Victoria made us all so welcome. I am very much looking forward to returning to defend my title in 2017.”
Rudy Anderson, President of Pacific Links International commented: “Pacific Links is pleased to be returning to the incredible Bear Mountain Golf Resort and looks forward to watching Colin Montgomerie defend his title amongst a world class field. Western Canada is a prime travel destination and we proudly showcase Bear Mountain Resort and spectacular British Columbia by bringing this special event once again to Vancouver Island.”
Further highlights from the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship include PGA TOUR Champions player Miguel Angel Jimenez exciting crowds at the event with his unique personality and by shooting the course record with a 61 to tie for third overall at 13-under.
Top PGA TOUR Champions talent at the event included Montgomerie, who finished 2nd on the 2016 Charles Schwab Cup standings, behind fellow Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship competitor, Bernhard Langer, who finished T7 for the week and recently took home his second consecutive Charles Schwab Cup trophy. The field also comprised of Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Mark O’Meara, Lee Janzen, Vijay Singh, Mark Calcavecchia, Paul Goydos, Craig Stadler and many more amazing golfers.
Not only was the event an opportunity to watch legends of PGA TOUR Champions compete, but it also acted as a platform to raise funds for the event’s official charity partner, bring golf fans together from across Canada, and provide an opportunity for youth in the community to be introduced to the sport.
“Securing the 2017 PGA Tour Champions event at Bear Mountain with Pacific Links was very important to the principals of Ecoasis and our entire team,” stated Dan Matthews, President and CEO of Ecoasis. “The accolades received from the players and spectators this past September are truly a credit to be shared with the entire Bear Mountain community. We are excited to have the opportunity once again to showcase Victoria and our region to both a local and global audience and we will do everything we can to make next year’s event one of the highlights of the tour for both players and fans.”
The 2017 tournament week will commence with Official Pro-Am’s on Wednesday and Thursday, where participating teams will play alongside a PGA TOUR Champions professional over 18 holes of premiere golf. Competitive action will follow with 54 holes of championship play from Friday to Sunday, with no cut