PGA Tour

The national sport of Canada is ice hockey, yet sports professionals from the second largest country on Earth have also experienced success in other disciplines. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the best Canadian golfers of all time, starting with the only male golfer so far to win a Major:

Mike Weir

Born in Sarnia, Ontario, Weir originally wanted to play hockey before he realized that golf gave him the best chance of making it to the big arena. A rare example of a left-hander in a sport where most professionals play with their right hand, Weir joined the PGA Tour in 1998, winning his first professional tournament in 1999 in Surrey, British Colombia. The same year, he pushed the great Tiger Woods most of the way in the PGA Championship but eventually finished tied 10th.

In 2001, Weir established himself among the world’s premier golfers by winning the lucrative Players Championship. It was just one of a further seven PGA titles he’d add to his name. He remained in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the next four years, alongside the likes of Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els. The undoubted highlight of his career, however, was the 2003 Masters Tournament. Weir defeated the American Len Mattiace in a play-off at Augusta to become the first Canadian ever to win a Major and only the second left-hander to claim one of golf’s most prestigious titles.

If you were to write a history of Canadian golf, Weir’s story would take up more than a few chapters!

George Knudson

Before Weir came to the fore in the 21st century, Knudson could probably lay claim to being the finest Canadian golfer of all time. Knudson finished tied second behind George Archer at the 1969 Masters, but won eight PGA Tour titles between 1961 and 1972. Sadly, Knudson, who was born in 1937, passed away from cancer in 1989.

Richard Zokol

Zokol has never really performed to his best in a Major championship, but he has recorded a victory on the PGA Tour, winning the Greater Milwaukee Open by two strokes from Dick Mast in 1992. Zokol is perhaps most famous for wearing headphones while out on the course. It was this strange quirk that earned him the nickname of ‘Disco Dick’ from his fellow professionals.

Brooke Henderson

The best Canadian golfer of all time could well be Henderson, and she’s only 21 years of age! In 2016, the pro from Smiths Falls in Ontario won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship by birdying the first hole of her sudden death play-off. Since then, she has recorded a further four victories on the Tour ; who knows where her potential will lead her?