The 2010 Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship gets underway Monday at the Wanamaker Course at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Ben Boudreau of Longueuil, Que., defends the title he won last year in a playoff with Vancouver’s Jeff Buder, head professional at Point Grey Golf and Country Club.
Last year, Boudreau birdied the last hole of the final round to force the playoff where he took the national title with a birdie on the first extra hole.
“This is one of our flagship events every year and we expect another wild finish again this year,” said Glenn Cundari, president of the Canadian PGA.
“Our partnership with the PGA of America gets stronger every year and we look forward to hosting our best club professionals at their great facility,” he added.
Two-time champion Danny King of Milton, Ont., just missed the playoff with Boudreau and Buder last year and fell to third place, but he’s back looking for the hat trick in national championships.
Daniel Talbot of St-Basile Le Grand, Que., and Ken Tarling of Sanford, Ont., are in Port St. Lucie after both successfully completed the first stage of European Tour Senior Qualifying School. That duo tied for fourth at last year’s tournament.
Nine past champions are looking for repeats this week, including Boudreau, GNN blogger Kyle German of Surrey, B.C. (2009), King (2005, 2006), Brett Burgeson of Airdrie, Alta. (2003), Ian Doig of Sharon, Ont. (2004), Tarling (2001), Graham Gunn of Kanata, Ont. (2000) and Dale Pederson of Kingston, Ont. (1999).
The field will be cut to low 80 and ties after 36 holes, with the tournament concluding on Wednesday. A 36-hole InterZone competion consisting of four players per team representing their zones will also be played the first two days.
The overall purse is $85,000, with the winner taking home $12,000.
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