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SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec (AP) - Rocco Mediate is trying to complete a Canadian sweep.

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Coming off a blowout victory Sunday in Calgary, Alberta, the 50-year-old Mediate is set to open play Friday in the Montreal Championship on La Vallee du Richelieu's revamped Rouville Course.

``Last week was kooky,'' said Mediate, who shot 63-64-64 for a seven-stroke victory in Calgary. ``It was one of those weeks you want to have. I've never had a week like that as far as having that big of a lead or going into Sunday wanting to make a big lead so it would be, I wouldn't say easy, but easy coming into the last few holes. It was really fun. It was the first time I ever won twice in a year, so that was cool, too.''

Mediate also won the Allianz Championship in February in his first Champions Tour start.

Mediate talked about the challenges presented by the Rouville Course.

``There is no messing around here,'' Mediate said Thursday. You have to have your game or this place will tear you up, which I love courses like that.''

Mark Calcavecchia won last year on the adjacent Vercheres layout. He is returning to play after missing the two events because of back problems.

``I put in a couple of days light practice and played nine holes on Friday and Sunday and really felt pretty good, so I decided for sure on Sunday that I was coming,'' Calcavecchia said.

Calcavecchia got his first look at the Rouville Course on Thursday during in the pro-am.

``The course is longer, to begin with, especially the par 3s'' Calcavecchia said. ``Three of the par 3s are really long. Those holes are hard. If you can play the par 3s even par this week you are going to pick up a lot of strokes on the field.''

Bernhard Langer also is the field. He has two victories this season.

``The course is very good, very interesting, good shape and tree-lined golf course, small greens,'' Langer said. ``Narrow fairways, quite a bit of rough, so it's going to be a good test of golf.''

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