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Mike Weir wins top Canadian award

Mike Weir established himself as a force on the PGA Tour and starred at The Presidents Cup. Now he can add the Lionel Conacher Award as Canadian male athlete of the year to his list of accomplishments for 2000.

Weir beat out Olympic champions Simon Whitfield and Daniel Igali, Chris Pronger of the St. Louis Blues and Steve Nash of the Dallas Mavericks in voting conducted by The Canadian Press and Broadcast News.

Weir is the first golfer to win the Lionel Conacher Award since Sandy Somerville in 1932. Somerville won the U.S. Amateur that year, a first for a foreign golfer.

Consistency was Weir's trademark in 2000. He finished sixth on the PGA Tour money list with $2,547,829 and 21st on the world rankings.

"I did have a good feeling going into this year," Weir said. "Last year, winning my first time (at the Air Canada Championship), made me really feel like I belonged on the TOUR and felt like I wasn't just out there making a check. I was out there to try to win golf tournaments."

Weir probably would have been a back-to-back winner, but there was no award last year as CP-BN honored Wayne Gretzky as athlete of the century.

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