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Mike Weir
Personal information
Full name Michael Richard Weir
Nickname Weirsy
Born May 12, 1970 (1970-05-12) (age 39)
Sarnia, Ontario
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Nationality  Canada
Residence Sandy, Utah
Spouse Bricia
Children Elle Marisa (1997)
Lili (2000)
College Brigham Young University
Turned professional 1992
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 14
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 8
Other 6
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
The Masters Won: 2003
U.S. Open T3: 2003
Open Championship T8: 2007
PGA Championship 6th: 2006
Achievements and awards
Lou Marsh Trophy 2003
Lionel Conacher Award 2000, 2001, 2003
Mike Weir at the 2009 Telus World Skins Game, Lévis, Canada

Michael Richard Weir, CM, O.Ont (born May 12, 1970) is a Canadian professional golfer on the PGA Tour. He spent over 100 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings between 2001 and 2005.[1]


Early years

Weir was born in Sarnia, Ontario. He grew up in the Sarnia suburb of Bright's Grove, Ontario, where he learned to golf at Huron Oaks Golf Course, and was coached there by Steve Bennett. He attended St. Michael Elementary School in Bright's Grove and St. Clair Secondary School in Sarnia, winning the Ontario Junior Championship in 1988. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University (majoring in Recreation Management), and won the Ontario Amateur Championship in 1990 and 1992. He tied for 2nd at the 1991 Canadian Amateur Championship, and finished clear second in that event in 1992. He was an All-American selection at BYU in 1992 on the Second Team.[2]

Early professional career

He turned professional in 1992, and started on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour, where he won three events. He also played some events on the Asian PGA Tour early in his career. He first reached the PGA Tour in 1996, but lost his playing privileges, due to insufficient performance. He had to requalify, and did so by winning the final Qualifying School tournament.

Weir's first PGA Tour win came at the 1999 Air Canada Championship in Surrey, British Columbia. The victory made him the first Canadian to win a PGA Tour event in Canada in 45 years.

Wins Masters

Weir began the 2003 season in impressive fashion, winning two tournaments on the West Coast Swing. He first won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Palm Springs, California, and then followed with a win at Riviera Country Club near Los Angeles, at the Nissan Open.

On April 13, 2003, Weir won the prestigious Masters Tournament at Augusta, Georgia, one of the four major tournaments in men's golf. He is the first Canadian male ever to win a professional major championship (Sandy Somerville and Gary Cowan won the U.S. Amateur when it was considered a major tournament). When he won The Masters, Weir became only the second left-handed golfer to win any of the four majors, the other being Bob Charles, who won the British Open 40 years earlier. Weir is a right-hander who plays golf left-handed, a trait he shares with fellow PGA Tour pro and major champion Phil Mickelson.

In June 2003, Weir tied for third at the U.S. Open, the second of the majors in the annual schedule, which moved him to third in the Official World Golf Rankings, his highest ranking.[3] For his outstanding play in 2003, Weir won the Lou Marsh Trophy for outstanding Canadian athlete of the year. He maintained his position in the world's top ten ranking into 2004.

In February 2004, Weir joined the ranks of a select few players including Ben Hogan to win back to back championships at the Nissan Open, becoming the sixth player in Nissan Open history to notch back-to-back wins, and the first since Corey Pavin (1994, 1995). He is the 20th player to post multiple wins at the Nissan Open.

Weir went more than three-and-a-half years after his second win at the Nissan Open before winning his next tournament. Working with Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett on a new swing showed some positive results (two top tens, including a tie for eighth at the Open Championship). While working on the swing changes, he had dipped in the world rankings to a point that he did not automatically qualify for the 2007 Presidents Cup matches, to be held at the Royal Montreal Golf Club. He got to play in the tournament he helped bring to Canada because he was picked by International team captain Gary Player as one of his discretionary selections.[4] This turned out to be an inspired choice as Weir went on to beat current number one Tiger Woods in a heated match, despite his team losing the Cup. When asked, Weir enthusiastically stated, "When I look back on my career, this may be even more special than winning the Masters." [5] His swing changes, coupled with the momentum from his Presidents Cup performance, culminated in his first win in over three years at the Fry's Electronics Open in October 2007. This victory in Arizona tied Weir with George Knudson for most PGA Tour wins by a Canadian, with eight.

Golf Digest magazine of March 2010 reported that Weir had returned to work with instructor Mike Wilson, who was his coach during his most successful period in the early 2000s. Weir is going away from the 'stack-and-tilt' method, and is working on reclaiming his swing as developed with Wilson.[6]

Personal life

Weir currently lives in Draper, Utah, with his wife Bricia and two daughters. Weir's home course used to be theTaboo Resort in Gravenhurst, Ontario, until the course dropped his name in 2008

In June 2007, it was announced that Weir would be appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2003.

Creekside Estate Winery, near Lincoln, Ontario, began producing wine for Weir in 2005, and as of 2007 had released a merlot, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet-merlot, cabernet-shiraz and icewine. His Icewine Vidal was named by Travel and Leisure Golf magazine as one of its top five golf-related wines. Weir has announced plans to open his own winery in the summer of 2008.[7]

On December 17, 2007, The Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters) announced it will be the lead corporate sponsor for Weir for a five-year term beginning in January 2008 [8], replacing Bell Canada.

Professional wins (14)

PGA Tour wins (8)

Major Championship (1)
World Golf Championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (6)
No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s) up
1 Sep 5, 1999 Air Canada Championship -18 (68-70-64-64=266) 2 strokes United States Fred Funk
2 Nov 12, 2000 WGC-American Express Championship -11 (68-75-65-69=277) 2 strokes England Lee Westwood
3 Nov 4, 2001 The Tour Championship -14 (68-66-68-68=270) Playoff South Africa Ernie Els, United States David Toms,
Spain Sergio García
4 Feb 2, 2003 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic -30 (67-64-65-67-67=330) 2 strokes United States Jay Haas
5 Feb 23, 2003 Nissan Open -9 (72-68-69-66=275) Playoff United States Charles Howell III
6 Apr 13, 2003 The Masters -7 (70-68-75-68=281) Playoff United States Len Mattiace
7 Feb 22, 2004 Nissan Open -17 (66-64-66-71=267) 1 stroke Japan Shigeki Maruyama
8 Oct 21, 2007 Fry's Electronics Open -14 (69-64-65-68=266) 1 stroke Australia Mark Hensby

PGA Tour playoff record (3-2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2000 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill United States David Toms Lost to Toms who made par on first extra hole
2 2001 The Tour Championship South Africa Ernie Els, United States David Toms, Spain Sergio García Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2003 Nissan Open United States Charles Howell III Won with birdie on second extra hole
4 2003 The Masters United States Len Mattiace Won with bogey on first extra hole
5 2004 Bell Canadian Open Fiji Vijay Singh Lost to Singh who made par on third extra hole.

Canadian Tour wins (3)

  • 1993 Infinity Tournament Players Championship
  • 1997 BC TEL Pacific Open, Canadian Masters

Other wins (3)

Major Championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up
2003 The Masters 2 shot deficit -7 (70-68-75-68=281) Playoff 1 United States Len Mattiace

1 Defeated Len Mattiace in sudden death playoff on the first hole.

Results timeline

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Masters DNP T28 T27 T24 1 CUT T5 T11 T20 T17 T46
U.S. Open CUT T16 T19 CUT T3 T4 T42 T6 T20 T18 T10
The Open Championship T37 T52 CUT T69 T28 T9 CUT T56 T8 T39 CUT
PGA Championship T10 T30 T16 T34 T7 CUT T47 6 CUT T42 CUT

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Results in World Golf Championship events

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R32 DNP R32 R32 R32 R64 R16 R64 R64
CA Championship T30 1 NT1 T15 T28 DNP T18 DNP T50 T20
Bridgestone Invitational DNP T24 25 T24 T23 T41 T36 T22 WD DNP
Tournament 2009 2010
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 R32
CA Championship T35 T26
Bridgestone Invitational 10
HSBC Champions DNP

1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
WD = Withdrew
NT = No tournament
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances

See also


External links

Preceded by
Catriona Le May Doan
Lou Marsh Trophy winner
Succeeded by
Adam van Koeverden

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