Winners: Mike Weir, Golf
2000 - Feature Story
Mike Weir arrived as a winner on the Professional Golfers’ Association tour in 1999. In 2000, he would finish sixth on the money list. A mid-season playoff loss to David Toms at the Michelob Championship at the Kingsmill Golf Club outside of Williamsburg, Virginia was a hint of late-season success. At the World Golf Championship’s American Express Championship Weir rallied from eight shots back after 36 holes to win. He defeated Lee Westwood by two strokes at Spain’s Valderrama. Weeks later, as the first Canadian to make the Presidents Cup team, he was the top International player, going 3-2 in five matches.
2001 - Feature Story
A pair of runner-up finishes and six top-10 placings, would see Weir record another solid year and earn a spot in the season-ending Tour Championship, limited to only the top 30 players. He would end the season spectacularly. In a four-man playoff with Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and David Toms, Weir emerged as the first non-American winner of the event. With the victory, Weir climbed into the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career.
2003 - Feature Story
Mike Weir’s greatest year is best remembered for his Masters triumph, in which he produced a bogeyless final round to reach a playoff, then became the first Canadian, and only second lefthander after Bob Charles in 1968, to win a major championship. Weir’s entire season was one of quality. In addition to two other victories, at the Bob Hope, then the Nissan at Riviera in Los Angeles in a playoff over Charles Howell III, Weir missed only one cut while finishing sixth on the PGA Tour’s money list. He rose as high as No.3 in the Official World Golf Rankings, the best showing of his career.
- 2009 Honoured as a member of the Order of Canada
- 2003 Lou Marsh Memorial Award
- 2003 Masters Champion
- 2000, 2001, 2003 Lionel Conacher Award (Canada’s male athlete of the year)
- 1999 Air Canada Championship winner
Mike Weir on the ninth green during his first round of play at the Air Canada Championship in Surrey, British Columbia.
Date: August 31, 2000
Collection: CP photo/Chuck Stoody
Mike Weir on the 5th hole during the Canadian Open Golf Championship in Ile- Bizard, Quebec.
Date: September 7, 2001
Collection: CP photo/Ryan Remiorz
Masters Champion Mike Weir wearing his green jacket at a news conference in Toronto.
Date: April 14, 2003
Collection: CP photo/Frank Gunn