Mike Weir, the first Canadian and first left-hander ever to win the Masters, will be in the field when the South African Open gets underway at Ekurhuleni'a Glendower Golf Club next week.
In what will be his first SA Open, Wier, who has made two previous visits to the Republic, the first in 2001 to play in the Nedbank Golf Challenge, the second in 2003 for the Presidents Cup, will join two other Masters champions at Glendower, these being South Africans Trevor Immelman and Charl Schwartzel.
The 47-year-old Canadian who won his Green Jacket in 2003, is a close friend of tournament host Ernie Els and it was SA's four-time major winner Els who persuaded him to play in what will be the 107th edition of the second oldest national Open champion in golf.
"I've played in South Africa twice before and I've decided to come again because Ernie is a good friend. I want to support him and the event. Also, my game is feeling much better," said Weir on the European Tour website this week.
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