Q&A: PGA Tour player Mike Weir
Canada’s favorite golf son, Mike Weir, has company on the PGA Tour this year from North of the Border and more expected on the way. Hours before making his acceptance speech via video into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame on May 5, Weir broke away from a practice session at TPC Sawgrass and spoke with Golfweek about Canada’s youth movement, how the RBC Canadian Open continues to grow in stature, and how golf’s return to the Olympics already is on his radar:
Q: How do you feel about Canadian golf’s youth movement?
A: It’s about time. It’s great to see guys like David Hearn doing well on the Nationwide Tour this year and Graham (DeLaet) is out here playing well as a rookie. There’s been talent from my country. It’s just a matter of guys getting out here.
Q: How big a difference has Golf Canada meant?
A: It’s important. It shows we’re getting behind our young players. For guys like myself, I try to make myself available to guys like Nick (Taylor) and Matt (Hill) when they get around to turning pro. The whole network of having what we’re now calling Golf Canada, having a committed team behind them, supporting them, and giving advice is big. It’s something I didn’t have when I was growing up. I had to look to guys like (former Tour player) Richard Zokol and pick his brain. It’s good we’re doing that.
Q: This year’s Canadian Open moves to St. George’s G&CC. Do you support the Royal Canadian Golf Association’s decision to move the national championship around the country?
This year’s course is good. Guys on Tour are asking me about it. I tell them they’ll get a chance to experience a little more of downtown. The fields have gotten better since RBC became involved. We have the plane – they call it ‘Air Canada’ – coming back from the British Open. That’s big.
Moving the tournament around is important. You don’t want to have a national championship at just one course. You want to move it around the country. We’ve had it mostly in Toronto and occasionally in Vancouver. If we can get it to Montreal and Calgary and move it around, that will make it a true national championship.
Q: How does it feel to be recognized for your golf achievements at home?
A: It’s been a good year for me. In the fall, I was elected into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and now I have the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame induction coming up soon.
Q: Is golf’s return to the Olympics on your radar?
A: That’s something that keeps me very motivated. It’s six years down the road but it’s something that I’d love to be part of, for sure.