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Canadian golf great Mike Weir closes the day on the Toronto Stock Exchange

 


TORONTO Canadian golf great Mike Weir added new experience to his storied career on Thursday.

Golden confetti rained down as Weir pressed the button that officially halts trading for the day at the Toronto Stock Exchange.

“I swear I thought it was always the bell not the button, I guess I’m getting old,” Weir said with a laugh. “It was really fun to do that. To reach out to a new network of people, to bring golf into business in Canada, to involve those people, not just the golfers.”

The 52-year-old from Brights Grove, Ont., is the winningest male golfer in Canadian history with eight PGA Tour victories, including the green jacket at the 2003 Masters.

Weir was officially introduced as captain of the international team for the 2024 Presidents Cup on Wednesday at the Bell Center in Montreal.

Although the Royal Montreal Golf Club will host the next Presidents Cup, Weir said it was “very important” to include all of Canada in the event and to give the international event a true on-course experience. residence.

“We have a huge country on the earth plane to try to bring everyone together as best we can and make sure they feel like it’s part of our golfing heritage,” Weir said. “We want people from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, East Coast, Halifax.

“I hope they want to come and see the best players in the world compete.”

Weir was the first Canadian to take part in the star-studded event which sees the best golfers from around the world, minus Europe, compete against the best players from the United States.

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., and Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., both played for the international team in the 2022 edition, making it the first time two Canadians have participated in the tournament.

Weir served as an alternate captain for the third time last September when the Americans won 17 1/2 to 12 1/2 at Quail Hollow Club outside Charlotte, North Carolina.

He said that as soon as he was officially named captain, his phone started exploding with messages from Canadian golfers hoping to make the team in two years.

“We had a WhatsApp chat for a long time and yeah I got a bunch of nice texts from the guys,” Weir said.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on December 1, 2022.

John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

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