Weir turns 50 but Champions Tour debut on hold

Mike Weir (Photo Courtesy of Bob Weeks)

Sarnia’s Mike Weir is now 50 and poised to continue his professional golfing career on the Champions Tour.

The Bright’s Grove lefty, who became a Canadian sports hero with his Masters win in 2003, was born May 12, 1970.

Weir told BlackburnNews.com late last year that he planned to play a full schedule on the Champions Tour when eligible at age 50.

The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted that plan at least for the time being.

If the pandemic allows, PGA Tour Champions is scheduled to resume July 31 at The Ally Challenge at Warwick Hills Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

Weir turned pro in 1992, played his first PGA event in 1998, and went on to record eight wins on the tour including becoming the first Canadian to win a major title at Augusta National Golf Club in April 2003.

He’s supported youth causes throughout his golf career, including the Children’s Miracle Network and the Sunshine Foundation through many celebrity golf events at Huron Oaks in Bright’s Grove.

Last summer, the Mike Weir Foundation launched a campaign to raise money for a youth mental health facility in Sarnia-Lambton.