Mike Weir turns 39 in May , not exactly an age that qualifies him for an old age pension, but one that indicates it’s time for his country to turn the inevitable into reality and put the 2003 Masters champion into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, which announces its class of ’09 tomorrow.
The press release indicated that it was just one person going in this year and I suspect it’s Weir.
It’s closing in on 10 years since Weir won his first PGA Tour event and, in fitting fashion, that came on home soil at the Air Canada Championship near Vancouver.
Since then, he has won seven more tour titles and besides the green jacket he won in 2003, his collection includes a World Golf Championship and Tour Championship, so it’s not like he chose weak fields to pad his resume.
Already tied with the late, great George Knudson for most tour wins by a Canadian, Weir is seemingly destined to set the new standard, but everyone knows Weir’s background, which further illustrates the impact the lefty from Bright’s Grove, Ont., has had on this country.
There is no minimum age limit for induction into the Canadian hall of fame, so why not go with the obvious choice even if some might say there’s no hurry.
Personally, I’ve always believed in putting an obvious choice into a hall of fame at any age, which is why I believe Tiger Woods should be in the World Golf Hall of Fame right now. I think it’s cool for youngsters to see a hall of famer still in his or her prime.
On the LPGA Tour, players such as Annika Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak have gone into that hall of fame at much younger ages than Weir and might have gone earlier if not for a rule that states they must play 10 years on tour.
Not that it’s a concern of the Canadian hall, which also considers a player’s amateur career, but Weir has already gone over 10 years on tour and an induction this year would be a good fit with events surrounding the RBC Canadian Open, a tournament that will be played for the 100th time in 2009.
The Open is also being played at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont., which is also the site of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. Wouldn’t the induction of the immensely popular Weir in the days leading up to the start of the Open be a highlight for both the tournament and the hall?
Most importantly, the guy just deserves this honour now and millions of Canadian golf fans would agree with that statement.
Why delay the inevitable?