Mike Weir Wants Rowdy Canadian Fans at Presidents Cup.

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Mike Weir Sets Tone for Presidents Cup

When the Presidents Cup makes its way to Canada, Mike Weir is not looking for the fans at Royal Montreal Golf Club to be hostile towards the United States team. However, he is determined to ensure that the Americans do not feel too comfortable either. Weir, hailing from Brights Grove, Ont., is the first Canadian to captain the International Team at this prestigious men’s golf tournament. In addition to selecting the squad’s players, he holds the responsibility for the tournament’s design aesthetic and, crucially, setting the tone with the fans.

Weir’s Strategy for Success

“When the U.S. goes overseas to play, it’s a totally different atmosphere than when they’re playing at home,” said Weir. “Traditionally, in the Presidents Cup, there hasn’t been that much of a contrast and that is our challenge. We need to make the other side feel a little bit uncomfortable and show our support for our team.”

Weir revealed that Presidents Cup organizers are collaborating with the Montreal Canadiens and their owner Geoff Molson to create a hockey-like atmosphere at the event. While aiming for enthusiasm, Weir emphasized that they do not want the atmosphere to be too over the top, but rather one where the crowd is fully behind the International Team.

Historical Context and Ambitions

The International Team’s sole victory over the U.S. came at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia in 1998, with a tie occurring in 2003 at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club in South Africa. In contrast, the U.S. triumphed in the previous edition of the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., with a score of 17 1/2-12 1/2.

Weir is hopeful of replicating the success of 1998 by creating a strong away-game feel at Royal Montreal. He expressed a desire to make the event engaging for the entire country, aiming for a genuine home advantage that would inspire the team to victory.

Canadian Representation and Considerations

In the most recent edition of the Presidents Cup, more Canadians participated than ever before. Weir is now looking to further bolster the Canadian presence at Royal Montreal. With the top six players from both the U.S. and International rankings securing automatic selection, Weir and U.S. captain Jim Furyk will have the opportunity to choose the remaining six players.

Given the high rankings of Canadian players like Nick Taylor, Adam Hadwin, Corey Conners, and others, Weir has a talented pool to select from. He acknowledged the efforts of Golf Canada in grooming these players from a young age, leading to their current success and formidable skills on the course.

Final Considerations and Exclusion of LIV Golf Players

Weir specified that players from leagues such as LIV Golf, including Joaquin Niemann, will not be eligible to participate in the Presidents Cup. A recent gathering with potential team members hints at the meticulous planning and preparation that Weir is putting into ensuring the success of the International Team at the upcoming event.

With several Canadians representing well in various golf tours around the world, the anticipation is high for a strong showing at the Presidents Cup, with Weir spearheading the efforts to secure victory for the International Team.

Related Tours Updates

  • KORN FERRY TOUR: Edmonton’s Wil Bateman leads the Canadian contingent in the upcoming Astara Chile Classic at Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago.
  • CHAMPIONS TOUR: Calgary’s Stephen Ames and Mike Weir are set to compete at the Cologuard Classic in Tucson, Arizona.
  • DP WORLD TOUR: Aaron Cockerill of Stony Mountain, Man., will participate in the Jonsson Workwear Open 2024 at Glendower Golf Club in South Africa.
  • LPGA TOUR: Maude-Aimee Leblanc and Savannah Grewal will feature in the Blue Bay LPGA at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course in China.
  • EPSON TOUR: Maddie Szeryk headlines the Canadian lineup for the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic at the Country Club of Winter Haven in the first event of the 2024 tour’s calendar.

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