RBC Canadian Open

I’m in Montreal for the best week in Canadian golf. As a Canadian, the RBC Canadian Open is the biggest event we have in the game and it’s a great week to celebrate all the wonderful things golf gives us in this country.

I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends and talking with fans over the course of the upcoming week. It’s such a great thrill to hear the cheers and see the appreciation the fans give me and all the Canadians during this tournament.

Before I get into Royal Montreal, however, let me take a step back and talk about the great experience I had recently in Halifax at GOLFest Nova Scotia. GOLFest featured two anchor events, the RBC Canada Cup and Web.com Tour’s Nova Scotia Open. Playing in the RBC Canada Cup on Team Canada with Graham (DeLaet), David (Hearn) and Adam (Hadwin) we took on Team World’s Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland, Trevor Immelman and Manuel Villegas. The event was was really fun – especially playing in a team competition in front of a Canadian crowd.

Overall, it was a great day and although Team Canada couldn’t overcome Team World in the matches, it was a thrill to team up with the boys, have a few laughs, interact with the crowd and hit some shots for the fans in Halifax. The week also could not have finished any better when Canadian Roger Sloan captured the Nova Scotia Open title. The finish catapulted Roger up The 25 ranking and hopefully will be enough for him to get onto the PGA TOUR next year – the more Canadians we have there, the better!

Another event I want to mention was the grand opening of the store and gallery of my winery, Mike Weir Winery. As most of you know, I’ve been passionate about wine for some time and now we have the chance to let people come in to see the vineyards and taste the wine, while at the same time looking at some of my memorabilia. We’ve built a wonderful facility that will combine the best of my wine with some of my past golf successes. If you happen to be in the area – Beamsville, Ont. — please stop by and give us a visit.

The RBC Canadian Open this week will be another fun one. Coming back to Royal Montreal gives me good feelings from the Presidents Cup, of course. While the International side wasn’t able to win, my singles match with Tiger Woods was a good one and something that stands out in my career. The fans that day really helped pull me along and beat Tiger. I remember the cheers being deafening.

This year is also the 10th anniversary of my playoff loss to Vijay Singh at Glen Abbey. From time to time, I think back on that tournament and wonder what if. I think about a shot here or there, particularly the putts on the 16th hole on Sunday. But you can drive yourself crazy doing that. Of course Vijay was putting together one of the great years in golf that season too, so he wasn’t about to let up. More than anything, I remember the crowd that Sunday. It wasn’t like a golf crowd, it was more like I was at a hockey game. They cheered so loudly on every shot, especially on the last few holes. It’s too bad that I wasn’t able to win that tournament but I’m proud of the performance I put in that week.

This is my 24th start in the Open, which seems almost impossible. I can remember qualifying the first time, when I was still in college. I was so nervous about playing in my first big event. These days, I still get pumped to play but I’m not really nervous. This week, as with most times at the RBC Canadian Open, we get asked a lot about when a Canadian will win this tournament. It’s great that we have 19 of us in the field here and I think we have a lot of quality players. I know it’s going to happen one of these years and if it’s not me then I’ll be there cheering on whoever it is. If nothing else, I’d love for someone to do it just so we don’t have to answer the question any more!

I’m also excited to announce my new partnership with Bayer and the ALEVE brand. To kick things off, ALEVE and I have teamed up this week for the ALEVE Birdie Alert for Arthritis. From Thursday to Sunday, each of my birdies will be matched by a $1,000 donation, each eagle $2000, and each hole in one a $10,000 donation by ALEVE to The Arthritis Society in support of its goal of boosting care and erasing the pain of arthritis. In 2011, I injured my elbow which also caused the onset of arthritis. ALEVE played a role in the management of my arthritis pain and recovery, helping to get me back to where I was before my injury, so I’m very excited about playing well in support of a great charity this week.

Overall, it should be a fun week. Royal Montreal is in great shape and there’s a strong field here to compete for the title. I’m can’t wait for tournament to get started!

As always, thanks for your support.