The Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada and Mackenzie Investments announced on Thursday that the Mackenzie Investments Open, an official 72-hole event, will take place at Les Quatres Domaines Golf Club in Montreal as part of a multi-year agreement starting in 2017.
Mackenzie Investments, the umbrella sponsor of the Mackenzie Tour since 2015, will serve as the event’s title sponsor, with the Circuit Canada Pro Tour serving as host organization.
The 2017 event will take place July 20-23. Afterwards, the top three players on the tour’s Order of Merit will earn exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open.
“We felt it imperative to add a Quebec stop to the Mackenzie Tour, especially as Mackenzie celebrates our 30th year of helping investors in Quebec achieve their financial goals,” said Barry McInerney, president and CEO of Mackenzie Investments.
“The addition of the Mackenzie Investments Open in the city of Montreal grows our commitment to Canadian sport, as we invest in player development, local communities and charities from coast to coast,” he added.
“Montreal has lots to offer the Mackenzie Tour, so we can’t wait to showcase the city while we host the players, our clients, partners and guests at the first Mackenzie Investments Open,” said McInerney.
Tour president Jeff Monday says the new event adds to Mackenzie Investment’s already-significant contribution.
“We are fortunate to work with an umbrella sponsor like Mackenzie Investments, whose support of adding an event in Quebec has been instrumental in making this tournament a reality. We look forward to it becoming a world class event in a world class city for years to come,” said Monday.
The event will offer a $175,000 purse, with $31,500 to the winner starting in 2017 and feature a field of 156 players.
In addition to regular Mackenzie Tour eligibility plus 10 spots for open qualifying, the field will feature 16 sponsor exemptions, including several Circuit Canada Pro Tour players to add local flavour to the tournament.
““The support fans in Quebec have shown for sporting events and golf tournaments is incredibly impressive, particularly ones that feature athletes from Quebec,” said Monday.
“That support is a major reason we wanted to launch an event here and we felt it was important to give the tournament a local connection to help establish the event and make an impact in the community,” he added.
Circuit Canada Pro Tour, which manages professional golf tournaments in Ontario and Quebec, will operate the tournament, with its president, Jean Trudeau, serving as tournament director.
“Circuit Canada Pro Tour is proud to partner with Mackenzie Investments and the PGA Tour in hosting the 2017 Mackenzie Investments Open in Montreal,” said Trudeau.
“We are eager to work with the PGA Tour team and Les Quatre Domaines Golf Club to make this event a success. Being the first Mackenzie Tour event to be held in the Province of Quebec, we look forward to seeing golf enthusiasts of La Belle Province attend this great international event and see the future stars of the PGA Tour,” he added.
The full Mackenzie Tour schedule will be announced in the next few weeks.