SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda — While the winds promise to be strong this week in Bermuda, the competition for the Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship will surely be stronger.
The 36-hole championship, which takes place March 28-29 at Turtle Hill Golf Club at the Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda, features former Ryder Cup members, European Tour winners, European Senior Tour winners, a PGA Tour Canada winner, former WEB.com players, a PGA Championship of Canada winner and a Golf Channel personality.
“In the short but storied history of the Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship, we’ve seen some great fields, but with the pedigree of the players who are teeing it up this year make it a truly remarkable championship field,” said tournament director Adam LeBrun
Last year, Mouland’s two-day total of 1-under par 107 (51-56) was one shot better than Michael Sims and Camiko Smith, both of Bermuda.
This time around, Mouland says he’ll stick with the same game plan that brought him success in 2014 and just hit one shot at a time. He also admits it feels good to return as past champion.
“It’s always a nice feeling when you are a defending champion,” said the 53-year old St. Athan, Wales native. “This golf course and championship bring back good memories and breeds confidence.”
The Turtle Hill Golf Club has been recognized by Golf Magazine as one of the “Top 5 Par 3 Courses in the World” and is a recipient of Golf Digest‘s “Best Places to Play Golf Award.”
“Turtle Hill features a good mixture of longer and shorter holes,” said Mouland. “Obviously the wind plays a big part, so a good key to be successful on this golf course is to not get greedy,” he said, adding, “par is always a good score when the conditions are tough.”
Past champions of the Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship include Bermudian Daniel Augustus, PGA Tour winner Nick Taylor, PGA of Canada member Ian Doig, American Jordan Mitchell and last year’s winner Mark Mouland of the European Senior Tour.
In addition to the professionals in the championship, the 111-player field is rounded out by an impressive list of amateur golfers—from Bermuda, the United States, Canada and Europe—vying for titles in the men’s, women’s and senior amateur divisions.
The championship field includes:
- Former Ryder Cup member, five-time European Tour winner and four-time European Senior Tour winner Barry Lane
- Two-time European Tour winner and 2014 Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship winner Mark Mouland
- Eight-time European Tour winner and two-time European Senior Tour winner Gordon Brand Jr.
- Eight-time European Tour winner Bill Longmuir
- Six-time European Tour winner and European Senior Tour winner Anders Forsbrand
- Former Ryder Cup member and three-time European Tour winner Philip Walton
- Five-time European Senior Tour winner Nicholas James Job
- Three-time European Tour winner Miguel Ángel Martin
- Two-time European Senior Tour winner and European Tour winner Mark Davis
- Two-time European Senior Tour winner and European Tour winner Philip Golding
- PGA Tour Canada winner Michael Gligic
- 2014 PGA Championship of Canada winner and the No.-2 ranked player from the PGA of Canada Player Rankings Dave Levesque
- Two-time PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada winner and former WEB.com player Brian McCann
- 2014 PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada winner Matt Peavoy
- Bermuda native and former WEB.com player Michael Sims
- Former WEB.com winner and Golf Channel television personality Charlie Rymer