Presidents Cup Should Open Eyes of PGA to Canada

Mike WeirThis weekend’s Presidents Cup in Montreal was a huge success for two very simple reasons:

Mike Weir defeated the best golfer on the planet in Tiger Woods on his home soil in nail-biting, intense fashion and Canada showed that we are more than capable of putting on a successful PGA event.

Seeing as how the rest of the competition was not as intriguing as Weir vs Woods, we won’t bother to go over the fact that U.S. obliterated the International team 19.5 to 14.5 over the weekend, as the States won their second Presidents Cup in as many tries.

But now for Woods and Weir. A match only made possible by the golf gods, the fact that this tournament was in Canada and it was a Canadian boy versus the best golfer, who ever played the sport. Many predicted this match would happen and many predicted Weir would be fed his lunch.

Well, he wasn’t. Weir showed that he still has something left in the tank after two years of disappointment in the wake of a swing adjustment that is just now starting to show a pay off. The most infamous of Canadian golfers showed he can still compete against the best of the best, showing resolve in the face of adversity as the eye of the Tiger began to chip away at Weir.

He led the match by three after the front nine but quickly began to fall apart, while the world’s best golfer Tiger Woods began to go on that role, which we have seen time and time again. It looked like Weir was all but done when he chipped out of a water hazard on 15, only to concede the hole after his shot skew the green and landed in the thick rough. But Weir stuck around. After Tiger missed a birdie putt to eliminate Weir on the 17th hole, the native of Bright’s Grove, Ontario came up clutch with a 12-foot birdie putt to even things up going into the final hole.

Tiger WoodsWith the Presidents Cup having already been decided, the big victory came on 18 when the home grown kid made Tiger tap out after Woods missed a chip shot to save par and square the match. He missed, only by inches, and conceded to Weir, who was met by thunderous applause at just about every turn he took at Royal Montreal all weekend.

All that can be said for Weir is that it was a courageous effort. He battled and battled, fell back into a corner against a surging Tiger and battled some more until he was victorious. As for Tiger, give him credit too. He battled tooth and nail all day too. Sure he didn’t have his best stuff, but he still fought and together, him and Weir put on an electrifying show for the thousands upon thousands of golf fans in the gallery and those watching at home.

That brings us to the next segment of this blog. Should the Canadian Open be re-scheduled and turned into a major tournament? Short answer: Yes. This weekend’s galleries were incredible. They were loud and enthusiastic all weekend long and the PGA should look at this one example and definitely consider changing how they approach the Canadian Open.

Canadian fans are knowledgeable about the game of golf. We appreciate every aspect of the sport from the greats of today like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh to the legends and forefathers of the sport like Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer.

But after watching the reactions and impressions of the crowd, how can the PGA not look at this weekend and think that perhaps making the Canadian Open a major would bring in more money and more fan support north of the border? It would be dumb if they didn’t at least consider the idea.

But for the time being, Canada, let us soak this one in. Mike Weir had a day to remember for the ages and the city of Montreal and the whole country got to witness world class golf. At the end of the day, all parties involved in this weekend’s Presidents Cup have to be feeling pretty good about the game of golf and where it is going.


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