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Mike Weir

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Known as one of the best Canadian golfers of all time, Sarnia native Mike Weir learned to play golf at Huron Oaks Golf Course. Like many Canadian boys in Canada, Weir’s first sport was hockey, but Weir would give up the sport during his early teenage years when he realized he would not grow up to be big enough for a professional career. From that point forward, Weir focused solely on golf. While a student at Sarnia’s St. Clair Secondary School, Weir won the 1988 Ontario Junior Championship. Weir would attend Brigham Young University where he was a member of their golf team. During his time at BYU, Weir was a second team All-American selection in 1992, won the 1990 Ontario Amateur Championship and finished 2nd place at both the 1991 and 1992 Canadian Amateur Championship. Weir would turn professional in 1992, and spent the early portion of his professional career playing in events on the Canadian and Asian Tours. Weir first reached the PGA Tour in 1998, but lost his PGA eligibility due to not meeting performance standards. Weir would quickly regain his PGA eligibility by medaling at the Qualifying School tournament. Weir’s first PGA Tour victory came at the 1999 Air Canada Championship in Surrey, British Columbia. The victory also made him the first Canadian in 45 years to win a PGA Tour event held in Canada. The 2003 season marked a career year for Weir. He started off strong winning 2 events in February, the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the Nissan Open. Then in April, Weir won the prestigious Masters Tournament. Weir became the first Canadian to win a Major and the 2nd left-handed golfer to win the Masters. Weir would later solidify a 3rd place position in the World’s Golf Rankings after finishing tied for 3rd at the U.S. Open. For his outstanding 2003 season, Weir won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s Athlete of the Year. In 2007, Weir was appointed to the Order of Canada and in 2012, he was ranked 12th on a list of Canada’s Greatest Athletes of All Time. Weir currently resides in Sandy, Utah.