The Lou Marsh Legacy - Honouring Canada's Top Athletes

Mike Weir

Golf

2003


Master’s Champion Mike Weir being presented his green jacket by Tiger Woods

Master’s Champion Mike Weir being presented his green jacket by Tiger Woods

Date
2003
Collection
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum

It’s not easy being green…

Canadian golfer Mike Weir is lining up a must-make eight-foot putt for par on the18th hole of the final round in one of golf’s most revered tournaments. To millions of television viewers and the patrons gathered around the green, the tension is palpable. Weir gets into his trusted rock-solid routine and drains it. It is the biggest shot of his life. Every professional golfer dreams of coming down the final fairway with a chance of winning a major tournament. With this putt Mike Weir has kept a life-long dream alive. He has earned a spot in a playoff at the Masters.

Winning the Masters Tournament is one of golf’s most cherished prizes. It is the only one of four men’s professional golf ‘majors’ that is played on the same course every year - the storied and exclusive Augusta National Golf Club. Victory at Augusta indelibly changes a golfer’s career opportunities with its special notoriety, privileges, tour exemptions and automatic entry to all major tournaments for five years. One additional bonus is a hefty paycheck ($1,080,000.00 in 2003).

Perhaps the most coveted honour is the distinct “Green Jacket” awarded to its champions and ceremonially presented by the previous year’s winner. The jacket symbolizes membership into one of golf’s most exclusive winner’s circles. Champions become honourary members of the club and receive a lifetime invitation to return to the annual event. But don’t discount the “bragging rights.”

Playing in the final group on Sunday, Mike Weir first looked up at the scoreboard at the 13th hole to realize he was in the hunt and the game was on! Remarkably, six times over the last seven holes in regulation play, Mike Weir stood over crucial putts and made every one. In the end it required nothing less! He carded a bogey free 4-under 68. Len Mattiace, coming form far behind, almost stole the day with a dramatic 7-under 65, but bogeyed the last hole. Weir would face Mattiace in sudden-death playoff immediately after he signed his Sunday scorecard.

Weir hit a great drive down the middle next to Mattiace on the first playoff hole. He followed that with a solid 7-iron to the front middle of the green. Mattiace got into trouble on his approach and began to self-destruct. Weir had a short tap-in for the win.

He is the first Canadian to win a major on the men’s tour. He also happens to be the first left-handed player to win the masters and the first ‘lefty’ to win a major in 40 years. As a 13-year-old, Weir wrote a letter to legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus asking if he should learn to play right-handed. Nicklaus told him not to change a thing!

2002 Masters Champion Tiger Woods helped put the green jacket on Mike Weir. That picture, plastered on front covers everywhere, is one that Mike Weir and Canadian sports fans will cherish for a very long time. In that moment the Bright’s Grove, Ontario became an icon to a whole new generation of kids in Canada.

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Highlights

1993
Infinity Tournament Players Championship
1997
B.C. TEL Pacific Open, Canadian Masters
1999
Air Canada Championship – held in Surrey, British Columbia
2000
WGC-American Express Championship – held in Doral, Florida
2001
The TOUR Championship – held in Houston, Texas
2003
Bob Hope Championship – held in Palm Desert, California
2003
The Masters – held in Augusta, Georgia
2003
Lou Marsh Memorial Trophy
2003
Nissan Open – held in Pacific Palisades, California
2004
Nissan Open – held in Pacific Palisades, California
2007
Fry’s Electronics Open – held in Scottsdale, Arizona, Order of Canada