It’s been 20 years since Len Mattiace sailed his par putt well-past on the 72nd hole of the 2003 Masters, setting up a long come-backer. Mike Weir reaches for a towel from his caddie, Brennan Little, pats the beads of sweat off his forehead and watches Mattiace roll the come-backer five feet long.
Just two putts to be the first ever Canadian major champion; to be the first ever Lefty to win a Green Jacket; to cement himself as the best golfer his nation had ever seen (a title he has only recently relinquished to LPGA superstar Brooke Henderson.)
Fast forward 20 years and 30% of golfers north of the border are LEFTIES and we now have our very own brand dedicated to LEFTIES as well. The WEIR effect is indisputable and now we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the greatest moment in Canadian men’s golf history.
Weir is still one of only four LEFTY major champions, joined by Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, and Bob Charles. Three of the four will be in the field at the 2023 Masters, and although even making the cut would be accomplishment for any of them in one of the deepest fields in golf, there will be plenty for the LEFTY community to follow.