Sarnia’s Mike Weir is returning to the scene of his greatest triumph.
The Huron Oaks-trained golfer is scheduled to tee off at the 2015 Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National in Georgia next weekend.
Canada’s greatest left-handed golfer, who turns 45 next month, became an instant national hero after winning the prestigious event in a playoff over American Len Mattice in 2003, and his success is widely considered a factor in the rise of quality professional players from this of the border.
As a past champion, Weir has a lifetime exemption from having to qualify for the season’s first major tournament.
However, it appears Weir will have to catch lightning in a bottle if he hopes to contend for the coveted green jacket this year. This season he has either missed the cut or withdrawn from eight of nine events, carding a scoring average of 74.4, and recently suffering from tenderness in his elbow.
In his monthly blog, Weir said he’s frustrated by the fact he can consistently hit quality shots on the driving range, but that success hasn’t translated to the golf course.
After struggling through the West Coast portion of the season, Weir is optimistic about his game, noting he is close to a breakthrough.
Despite his recent woes, the St. Clair Secondary grad remains Canada’s most successful professional golfer, having finished in the top 25 in more than one-third of his 416 starts in a PGA career dating back to 1989.
In the process he has made a handsome living, earning just under $28 million.