OAKVILLE -- Mike Weir has accomplished some big things on the golf course. One only has to look at his win at the 2003 Masters and eight career PGA titles.
But the Bright's Grove, Ont., native reached another milestone yesterday at the water-logged Glen Abbey golf course.
During the third round at the RBC Canadian Open, Weir, using a 4-iron, teed up at the 200-yard par-3 fourth hole and promptly drained the shot for a hole-in-one -- his second on the PGA Tour and 10th ever. Weir moved to 10 under, though he was later penalized a stroke for an incident on the 18th hole on Saturday. His ace yesterday, went in just before play was suspended, represented the seventh time at this year's Open a player has scored a hole-in-one, a PGA record.
Weir is attempting to become the first Canadian winner at the national championship since Pat Fletcher in 1954. Four players -- Leif Olson, Casey Wittenberg, Briny Baird and Arjun Atwal -- won BMW Z4 Roadsters for picking up their aces on the par-3, 141-yard, 15th hole.
When asked what he got for his ace, Weir laughed, reached behind and patted himself on the back.
There's always next year
Calgary's Stephen Ames expressed hope that the two straight years of bad weather at the Canadian Open will not turn PGA players off from playing in the event in future years. The event, which falls right after the British Open, has failed to attract the world's top players for a number of years. The tournament moves to St. George's in Etobicoke next year. The Open was moved from September to July in 2007 in the hopes of attracting better-quality players.
"Unfortunately, we moved (the tournament) to July, which is a bit suspect for summer weather. You know we're going to get the high humidity and the thunderstorms during that time of the year," Ames said.
"The only thing I can suggest is, I think we should move it out west to Calgary and B.C. and we can play out there where it's nice and warm," he added, with a laugh.