Van de Velde, ranked 141st in the world according to the Official World Golf Ranking for the week of July 23, will play the event next week at Quatre Domaines GC in suburban Montreal. The Casino de Montreal Open for The Players Championship is the tenth official event of the year and fifth in Canada.
After battling back from a career-threatening injury, Van de Velde re-established himself on the European Tour in 2005 with several strong performances, including a playoff loss to compatriot Jean Francois Remesy at the France Open.
Van de Velde will also be remembered for his final-hole triple bogey that cost him the 1999 British Open. Leading The Open by three shots with a hole to play at Carnoustie, the triple set the stage for a heartbreaking playoff loss to Paul Lawrie.
Van de Velde will not be the only internationally renowned player joining a stellar lineup of Canadian Tour professionals in Montreal. John Daly is also confirmed to play in pro-am events early next week, although he will not be in the tournament starting field. Van de Velde and Daly will also take part in exhibitions with Canadian Tour and QPGA professionals.