Weir wins Skins Game in
Mike Weir struck it rich
at the 16th hole Tuesday, sinking a 12-foot putt worth $140,000 en route
to winning the Export `A' Skins Game.
The Bright's Grove, Ontario,
golfer picked up another $25,000 on the 18th hole to raise his two-day total
to $210,000 and become the first Canadian to win the skins game. Weir won
10 skins in all, including the 16th at Le Diable course, which included five
"I played well," said Weir.
If the two-day event, with
nine holes played each day, had been a regular round, Weir reckoned he would
have shot a 61.
"Keeping the ball in the
fairways is the key," he said.
Weir hit 16 of 18 greens
in regulation and was also frequently the closest to the pin.
The Canadian won more money
and skins than his three American opponents combined at the $360,000 event.
David Duval, the world's
top-ranked golfer, finished second overall with $95,000 and five skins. John
Daly was third with three skins and $55,000, while Fred Couples, a four-time
winner of the event, was shut out.
In Tuesday's play, Duval
won the 10th hole, pocketing $40,000, while Daly won $25,000 for capturing
"It's probably the first
time that I've played in a skins game where the best player won," said Daly,
who had reminded Weir as he stood over his putt on 16 that it was worth $140,000.
"He was the best and he deserved to win."
Weir said Daly's antics
didn't bother him with his pressure-cooker putt on the 16th hole.
"I know him better now,
so I felt more at ease," Weir said.
Daly pulled the same stunt
on Weir at last year's skins game in Prince Edward Island. Weir ended up missing
that putt worth $40,000.
So far Weir has won $314,000
on the PGA Tour this year, good for 68th spot among the money-winners. His best
finish was a fifth at the BellSouth Classic tournament in Atlanta in March, where
he was in contention until the last day before losing to Duval.
Couples, who is $25,000
shot of winning $1 million in the Canadian skins game, said Weir's age, 29,
is working in his favor.
"Age is a marvelous thing
if you can get on the tour at a young age," Couples said.
"I said five years ago that
David (Duval) was going to become the best." Duval is 27 years old.
Weir said the win should
give him confidence heading into this weekend's Western Open.