It took 19 holes, but Quebec’s Vincent Dumouchel won the 2011 PGA of Canada Championship against Brian McCann at Calgary’s Cottonwood Golf and Country Club. You can read a recap of last year’s championship match here.
In it’s first playing since 2005, the event returned with a match play format that produced several upsets along the way. GNN blogger Kyle German, a participant once again this year, was one of the early victims, but he still likes match play, according to his most recent contribution here.
This year’s event begins Tuesday at Country Hills in Calgary and both Dumouchel and McCann have their work cut out for them again. As Dumouchel looks to successfully defend his title, McCann is hoping to hold the No. 1 position in the national rankings he currently possesses.
Whoever holds that spot at the end of this week’s tournament will earn an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open to be played next month at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ont.
One of the first round matches that will take place will include Jacklynn Miller, the lone woman in the field, against host pro Brett Burgeson of Country Hills.
Miller, who was just recently informed that she would be playing, talked with GNN here about the experience ahead, while Burgeson talked about his dual role as a participant and host pro here. Meanwhile, McCann discusses going into the tournament as the No. 1 player in the national rankings here.
For a look at first round matches, click here.