Amid the hullabaloo of this year’s Masters golf :
“Tiger’s back and better than ever”
Rory’s “Rites of Passages – facing up to his demons”
…..the fortunes of one deserving Green Jacket owner have been cruelly overlooked by everyone except Cam Cole, the golf scribe of the Calgary Herald.
The question is Weir is Mike? Who?
Mike Weir, the deliberate Canadian lefty – he of the slow and meticulous takeaway rehearsal and the greatest Canadian Golfer ever to live (with the exception of Moe Norman).
The winner of the Masters in 2003.
Do you remember the way he putted the ball in 2003?
The steely unflappable way he sank putt after putt within 10-feet and refused to buckle despite pressure from Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Len Mattiace and Ernie Els.
It was a great win and came in the middle of a spell that saw Mike Weir never outside of the Top-10 in the World Golf Rankings from 2001-2005.
Nine years later, he’s virtually the forgotten man of Augusta and only the Canadian papers seem interested in the small and dedicated left hander.
Here’s some facts about Mike:
- 5 feet 9 inches tall
- Born Ontario, Canada, May 1970
- Turned Professional 1992
- Professional wins 16 (Masters Champion 2003)
- Only the second left hander in History to win a Major (the first was New Zealander Bob Charles)
- The first Canadian Golfer ever to win a Major
- He’s right handed but plays golf left handed
- He began experimenting with the Stack and Tilt swing method from 2004/5
- Suffered torn elbow ligaments in 2010/ 11 and had to play on a medical exemption in 2011.
According to the Official World Golf Rankings for Mike Weir (at the time of publication) Mike is ranked 1284th in the World.
Despite this Mike shot a level par 72 on Thursday, the same score as overhyped Superman and four-time Masters Champion Tiger Woods.
He told Cam Cole “that’s the best round of golf I’ve played this year.”
Mike’s is a great story.
An emblem of the struggles that golf can bestow on people who have come close to mastering its art.
Let’s not forget the man lying top of the first round leaderboard with 5-under 67, Lee Westwood.
A few years ago, Lee’s golf game was in the wilderness and he looked far from any source of water or shelter.
Now, after rededicating himself to his fitness and focus, he is World No.3 and one-shot clear of his ISM stablemate Louis Oosthuizen.
I’m sticking my neck out and backing Mike to do the same and bring his unerring brand of accuracy, short game and guts back to the World Golf Stage.
So the answer to Weir is Mike? is, at Augusta, tied with Tiger and beating the hell out of golf’s most famous lefty Phil.