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Masters Champion Mike Weir Fiji Bound

Former Masters Champion Mike Weir will tee it up on the PGA Tour of Australasia next week in Fiji.
Another Masters Champion will tee it up at the PGA Tour of Australasia's Fiji International next week when Canadian Mike Weir joins Fijian Vijay Singh at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.

Weir and Singh share a strong history on the PGA Tour, highlighted by the 2004 Bell Canadian Open when Singh defeated home favourite Weir in a playoff.

At the Fiji International, the two players' paths will cross once more on a layout designed by the Fijian hero, Singh. 

“I can’t wait to tee it up against Vijay on his home course; it’d be amazing to return the favour from 2004,” Weir joked.

“He’s a great player and any course he’s had a hand in re-designing is sure to be a great challenge, I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s put together.”

Weir was a dominant force on the PGA Tour throughout the early 2000s with eight wins between 1999 and 2007.

He also took out the World Golf Championship - American Express Championship in 2000 and was the Masters Champion in 2003.

The 47-year-old has spent most of his career on the PGA Tour but spent time on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia in the early 90s.

He has recently been plying his trade on the European Tour and, given the Fiji International is a tri-sanctioned event, he’ll be able to rub shoulders with Asian Tour stars for the first time since 2014.

“I think it’s great the Fiji International is a tri-sanctioned event, it presents a fantastic opportunity to the winner and will open a lot of doors, particularly for young players looking to establish their careers,” added Weir.

“I haven’t spent a lot of time on the Asian Tour so I’m looking forward to seeing some of those guys in action, there’s a lot of talented guys coming out of there so it’ll be really exciting.”

Weir’s presence at the Fiji International is a major boost to the tournament’s fourth year,” said the Honorable Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism.

“We wait in anticipation to welcome Mike Weir’s arrival and trust that he will enjoy our tropical weather and the warm hospitality of our Fijian people,” Siddiq Koya said.

“We now have two former Masters Champions competing in the field, it’s going to be a great spectacle of golf for the fans visiting Natadola Bay.”

Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia which oversees the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, said he couldn’t wait to see Weir in action.

“We’re very pleased to have Mike Weir competing, he’s arguably the best golfer Canada has ever produced and I look forward to watching two former Masters Champions in himself and Vijay Singh go head-to-head,” Kirkman said.

Mike Weir joins a stellar field which also includes Phachara Khongwatmai, Jeev Milkha Singh, Ryan Fox and Brett Rumford.

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