Mike Wier



2001 Season Highlights

 

Earned over $2 million for second consecutive season and picked up a victory for the third straight year... First top-10 of season, T8, came at AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am...Began Genuity Championship with career-low 62. Led after first and third rounds. Closing 71 dropped him to second place, two strokes behind Joe Durant...Closing 67 lifted him to within three strokes of BellSouth Classic winner Scott McCarron. First- round 76 left him in tie for 115th. Added rounds of 67-73 on the way to his first runner-up finish since 2000 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill...First Canadian to make top 10 (No. 10) in Official World Golf Ranking after Buick Classic, where he did not play...Rounds of 71-70-67-67 produced T3 at Advil Western Open... Finished season on positive note winning THE TOUR Championship. First-round 68 left himthree back of leaders. Rounds of 66-68 left him two back of Scott Verplank after rounds two and three. Final-round 68 put him in playoff with Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and David Toms. Birdie-3 on first extra hole gave him his first playoff victory and made him first foreign player to win THE TOUR Championship.

Career Highlights

 

2001: Earned over $2 million for second consecutive season and picked up a victory for the third straight year...Began Genuity Championship with career-low 62. Led after first and third rounds. Closing 71 dropped him to second place, two strokes behind Joe Durant...Finished three strokes behind BellSouth Classic winner Scott McCarron for his fourth career runner-up finish...First Canadian to make top 10 (No. 10) in Official World Golf Ranking after Buick Classic, where he did not play...Finished season on positive note winning THE TOUR Championship. Final-round 68 put him in playoff with Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and David Toms. Birdie-3 on first extra hole gave him his first playoff victory and made him first foreign player to win THE TOUR Championship. 2000: First Canadian to play in Presidents Cup, where he led the international team with a 3-2-0 record...Collected his second victory on the PGA TOUR in the season-ending WGC-American Express Championship. A bogey-free 67 on Saturday and final-round 67 lifted him to his first WGC title. Career-best $1 million first prize moved him to sixth on the money list with $2,547,829, seventh player to surpass the $2.5 million mark in single-season earnings...Lost first TOUR playoff at Michelob Championship when David Toms sank a five-foot par putt on first extra hole. Closing 64, best round of the day, forced playoff. 1999: Long thought of as one of Canada's best players, proved it on PGA TOUR...Went from being medalist at 1998 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament to TOUR Championship...Earned first PGA TOUR title at Air Canada Championship with two-stroke victory over Fred Funk. Key to victory was eagle-2 from 147 yards on No. 14 during final round. First Canadian to win on native soil since Pat Fletcherwon 1954 Canadian Open. First Canadian to win on TOUR since Richard Zokol won 1992 Greater Milwaukee Open...Joined Pil Mickelson, Bob Charles, Ernie Gonzalez, Sam Adams and Russ Cochran as only left-handers to win on PGA TOUR. 1998: As rookie, earned $218,967 to rank 131st on money list. 1997: Led Canadian Tour Order of Merit after winning BC TEL Pacific Open and Canadian Masters. Was first Canadian to lead Order of Merit since Jerry Anderson in 1989...Also led Canadian Tour with 69.29 scoring average. 1993: Named Canadian Tour Rookie of the Year after winning Infiniti Tournament Players Championship. Amateur: Won 1990 Ontario Amateur Championship...WAC Player of Year and second-team All-American in 1992 at Brigham Young...Winner of 1988 Ontario Junior Championship and 1986 Canadian Juvenile Championship.

Personal

Laced up skates and practiced with NHL's Washington Capitals at beginning of two-week break in late September 1999. Is friend of Caps' captain Adam Oates...At age 13, sought advice from Jack Nicklaus. In a letter, asked whether he should switch to playing right-handed. Response was to stick to natural swing...2000 recipient of Lionel Conacher Award, given to Canada's Male Athlete of the Year. First golfer to be so honored since 1932...Has his own Web site, www.mikeweir.com.

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