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Mike Weir

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Weir was born in Brights Grove, Ontario, Canada. He attended St. Clair Secondary School in Sarnia, Ontario; and is a graduate of Brigham Young University (majoring in Recreation Management). He turned pro in 1992. His 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.

On April 13, 2003, Weir won the prestigious Masters Tournament at Augusta, Georgia, one of the four Major tournaments in men's golf. Mike is the first Canadian ever to win a professional major championship (Sandy Somerville 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 Phil Mickelson.

In June 2003, he tied for third at the U.S. Open, the second of the majors in the annual schedule. For his outstanding play in 2003, Weir won the Lou Marsh Trophy for outstanding Canadian athlete of the year and for a time in 2003 and 2004 he was in the top ten in PGA Tour player rankings and in the top 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

In February 2004, he 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 has not won a tournament since then, and he has been working with Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett on a new swing. He's shown some positive results (two top tens, including a tie for eighth at the Open Championship), but is still pretty low in the world rankings. So low that he did even not qualify for the 2007 Presidents Cup matches being held in Canada at the Royal Montreal Golf Club. The tournament he helped bring to Canada did end up including Weir on the International squad, as he was picked by Gary Player as one of his captain's picks. 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."

Weir currently lives in Draper, Utah, with his wife Bricia and two daughters. Mike's home course is the Taboo Resort in Gravenhurst, Ontario.

In June 2007, it was announced that Mike 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 Mike 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. Mike has announced plans to open his own winery in the summer of 2008.


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