Weir finished 14th on the PGA money list last year, accumulating $2.76 million US, winning the Nissan Open along the way. Still, he wasn't happy and spent the off-season taking his game apart and putting it back together. He starts the 2005 season with the same enthusiasm he had in 2003, when he won the Masters.
In his first full season as a Canadian citizen, Ames had his best year, winning his first PGA Tour event and finishing eighth on the money list with $3.3 million. One of the better all-round players on Tour, he'll be making his first trip to the Masters this year and, perhaps, his first chance to play in the Presidents Cup.
The native of Selkirk, Man., who will turn 40 this year, had his 2004 season cut short when he was forced to have surgery on his left elbow to repair a condition commonly known as "tennis elbow." When he quit for the season, he had made $103,500 so he will have to make $519,762 in his first 20 appearances of this season to match the 2004 top 125 total of $623,262 and retain his card.
Brantford native Hearn played on five different tours in a rags-to-riches season in 2004 and finished it off with a clutch birdie putt on the last hole of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament to earn full PGA privileges for 2005. He began on the Asian Tour, went to the Canadian Tour, played a couple of events on the Great Lakes Tour, then jumped up to the Nationwide Tour, where he won an event. By playing in the Canadian Open, he added the PGA Tour to his 2004 list.
If Leggatt didn't have bad luck, he wouldn't have any luck at all. After suffering through a 2003 season when injuries and illness plagued him throughout, 2004 was worse. He had surgery in April to correct carpal tunnel syndrome. After recuperation all summer, he tried to play in Asia this winter but his wrist is still a problem. He had hoped to start his season at the Bob Hope in late January but that is now in question.