Weir makes us proud

JODY VANCE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 6:10 AM ET

Mike Weir makes me proud.

Can you even imagine the pressure of performing on home turf versus the greatest golfer in the world? Now imagine pulling off the win with the galleries going ballistic with joy.

The Presidents Cup in Montreal showcased a man who has earned the right to be known as a Canadian sports legend and he is only 37.

When Weir beat Tiger, it was truly a goosebump moment.

Mike Weir has provided us with many goosebump moments since turning pro 15 years ago.

It was the 1999 Air Canada Championship when Weir won his first PGA Tour event -- a moment I witnessed first hand, standing on that slightly soggy 18th green.

We all were overwhelmed with pride as this Canuck realized his life's goal. His joy was so blissfully obvious as his wife Bricia leapt into his arms.

Unlike many victors celebrating a win, for Mike you just knew that this was about much more than a trophy or money.

Mild-mannered, unassuming and anything but flashy, he is the epitome of "a good Canadian kid."

Gone are the days of driving from tour stop to tour stop and camping along the way. These days it's private planes. The thing that makes Mike different is how, more often than not, his fellow jet-setters aren't Hollywood "A-listers" but rather a roster of his high school buds and a family member or two.

Not even winning golf's highest prize could change this guy. We all remember April 13, 2003, as if it was yesterday. The cheer was heard from coast to coast when Weir stunned the golf world and took the green jacket at Augusta.

A day later, I got the "exclusive" to follow Mike from when his plane hit the tarmac at Pearson through him dropping the puck drop at the Leafs/Flyers playoff game at the ACC.

I saw a classy guy who took time to shake every hand, but most notably, through it all he remembered who he is: a kid from Sarnia living the dream. He even passed around the green jacket for his pals to try on as we hung out in the suite at the game.

Way to go, Weirsy. You make us proud.

-- Jody Vance is a longtime sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV. Her column appears Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours. 


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