Like it was Yesterday

by Michael Grange (Sportsnet)

Fifteen years ago this coming Sunday, the world stopped — if you were Canadian, at least. Way down in the heart of Georgia, the pride of Brights Grove, Ont., was alone on a verdant stage, watched by millions. After three days and 69 holes, Mike Weir was tied for the lead at the Masters, the first major championship of the season, held every year at Augusta National Golf Club.

Playing in the final group, Weir was the only one in the field who still controlled his destiny. The man he was chasing, Len Mattiace, a journeyman pro who had torn up the course with a fourth-round 65, was already in the clubhouse at minus-7.

The final three holes made for unprecedented drama, and Weir’s one-hole playoff victory over Mattiace provided a flood of relief, elevating him to Canadian sports immortality. It was wet, it was wild, but mostly it was a win for the ages.

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