Mike Weir found the coveted green jacket a great fit in 2003. He's back again, the only Canadian in this year's Masters tournament. That's Tiger Woods, the previous champion, helping Weir into the jacket.
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Mike Weir golfing at the Masters

Mike Weir, Canada’s touring golf pro, is back in Georgia for the legendary Masters tournament.  “Weirsy” to his fans, mesmerized Canadians with his amazing win at the storied event back in 2003.

At the time, the victory was heralded as the beginning of a new era of Canadian golfers.  Now, 13 years later, there are some very impressive Canadian players, but they just haven’t quite managed to break through yet.

Weir himself has not fared so well, winning just two PGA tournaments following Augusta, and 2007 was the last victory. He has been dealing with injuries and injuries and surgery that prevent him from keeping his right arm straight.

Lorne Rubenstein, a seasoned golf journalist, in an interview with the CBC’s Jamie Strashin, said the field of play has changed since 2003. He said today’s players, from a global arena, are in much better shape.

“Today, guys like Mike are giving up 60, 70, 80 yards to the likes of Rory McIlroy, so they have to have every part of their game on, with no margin for error at all,” Rubenstein says. “The number of players that can win a tournament like the Masters, which has become a bomber’s course, is reduced even more than it was back then.”

Meanwhile players like Graham DeLaet, and David Hearn are among the new Canadians in the game. But Rubenstein says Nick Taylor, Adam Hadwin and Adam Svensson are the ones to watch in the wake of Mike Weir. 

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