Tuesday, December 15

Mike Weir: Pride of Canada

WHEN I THINK OF Canadian golf pros, I think of Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, George Knudson and Mo Norman. The first one, Weir, a player I’ve always liked, was recently inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.

Mike has eight PGA Tour wins, including the 2003 Masters. He has more PGA Tour wins than Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen, Geoff Ogilvy and Adam Scott. Not bad. He also knocked off Tiger Woods in singles at the 2007 Presidents Cup played in Montreal.

I asked Lorne Rubenstein, the well-respected golf columnist for The Globe and Mail, for his thoughts on Weir. First, I wondered how Weir stands all-time among Canadian golf pros.

“Mike ranks at the very top of Canadian pros,” Lorne said in an email. “He and George Knudson are tied for most PGA Tour wins by a Canadian. But Weir won a major. Knudson, who died in 1989, tied for second in the Masters but never did win a major.”

I also asked how Weir is viewed in Canada.

“Golf fans in Canada follow Weir very closely,” Lorne said, “although many would also like to see more Canadians on the PGA Tour besides Weir and Stephen Ames. Two more will have their cards next year, making four. Sports fans who aren’t necessarily into golf also watch what Weir does, and they get more interested when he’s in contention. They certainly followed his every shot during the weekend of the 2003 Masters, and would do so again should he contend in a major.”

Lastly, I asked Lorne about the state of Weir’s game and his future prospects.

“Mike will turn 40 next May. He believes he has more wins in him and is working as hard as ever. He’s gone back to his instructor Mike Wilson and feels he’s getting himself back into the mode where he’s playing golf rather than thinking too much about his swing. There’s no reason he can’t win again.”

−The Armchair Golfer


courtgolf said...

I guess it doesn't matter that Stephen Ames isn't actually a Canadian except by marriage and tax return. :-D

Does Mo Norman have his own catagory. It's a shame that his excentricities kept him from really wanting to win golf tournaments. He may not have the wins - but he'll always be a beloved Canadian golfer.

The Armchair Golfer said...

Yes, Ames has dual citizenship. He was born in Trinidad and Tobago. Canada seems glad to have him as one of their golfers.