Mike's Story

It’s a long, improbable road from childhood dreams on the local golf course in Sarnia, Ontario to winning the Masters; but Mike Weir has lived it, and in the process, has become a Canadian sports hero.

college & starting out

The early years.

Like most young Canadians, Weir first dreamed of playing professional hockey, but his fate changed when he picked up his first golf club. His determination was first seen as he spent entire days in the summer hitting balls at Huron Oaks under the mentorship of Steve Bennett.

PGA

Determination & the PGA

Weir won his first PGA TOUR title at the 1999 Air Canada Championship with a two-stroke victory over Fred Funk, becoming the first Canadian to win on TOUR since Richard Zokol won the 1992 Greater Milwaukee Open, and the first Canadian to win on native soil since Pat Fletcher won the 1954 Canadian Open.

the 2003 masters

Master's Champion

Weir emerged as one of the game’s brightest stars with his Masters victory, a dramatic playoff win over Len Mattiace, and came back to a hero’s welcome in Canada, which included him dropping the ceremonial face-off at a Toronto Maple Leafs playoff game—the perfect ‘Canadian-style’ celebration for the hockey fan Weir.

highlights

The President's Cup

Mike has competed in five President’s Cups. (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009) and was named as assistant captain of the 2019 team.

“The Presidents Cup has been a big part of my career. I grew up playing a lot of team sports and when I made my first President's Cup team in 2000 it was really one of the highlights.”
giving back

The Mike Weir Foundation

Weir has used his success as a professional golfer as a platform for helping other families in need with the creation of the Mike Weir Foundation in 2004. Mike launched a national fundraising program through his foundation, called the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids, supporting Children’s Miracle Network. The first Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive tournament in 2007, held at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club in London, Ontario, raised $562,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario.

what's next

PGA TOUR Champions

The next phase of Mike’s career now that he has officially turned 50 is the PGA Champions Tour.

“The interesting thing in pro golf is you look forward to your 50th birthday, instead of dreading it. We have this great, second kick at it. Golf is a sport we can play for a long period of time at a highly competitive level, unlike other sports.”