To no surprise, Canadian Mike Weir was officially named captain of the International Team on Tuesday for the 2024 Presidents Cup, which will return to Royal Montreal Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, for the first time since 2007.
"Presidents Cup has become such a big part of my career, so to be here in this moment announced as captain of the 2024 International Team is surreal," said Weir.
Weir, the first Canadian to win a men's major, has been groomed for this role. Primed to assume the captaincy from South Africa's Trevor Immelman, Weir, 52, has served as captain's assistant in three consecutive playings, most recently under the leadership of Immelman at the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in September. He was an assistant for Ernie Els in 2019, which saw the International Team build its biggest lead in Presidents Cup history before falling to a Tiger Woods-led U.S. Team, 16-14, at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, in Melbourne, Australia. His first appearance dates back to 2017, serving for Nick Price at Liberty National Golf Club. Weir, who was the first Canadian to ever compete in the Presidents Cup, also made five Cup appearances as a player (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009).
"When I look back, I have so many incredible memories associated with this event whether it be my debut in 2000; winning my singles match against Tiger in 2007 at Royal Montreal; witnessing Ernie create the shield in 2019; and then seeing Trevor carry that momentum in 2022," Weir said. "Now as I look with anticipation toward 2024, I couldn't be more excited to lead the International Team into my home country of Canada for what will surely be the experience of a lifetime."
An eight-time PGA Tour winner, he holds an impressive 13-9-2 record all-time at the Presidents Cup and is one of six International Team members with 10 or more match wins in competition. In 2007, the Presidents Cup was staged in Canada for the first time, with Weir delivering a 3-1-1 record highlighted by a 1-up victory over Tiger Woods in singles.
"As an icon in his homeland, he certainly will have the full support for the Canadian fans in building a distinct home-field advantage for the International Team," said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan.
2022 International Team captain Trevor Immelman (left) is passing the baton to his assistant captain Mike Weir (right). Pictured watching on the 11th hole during the four-ball match play of the 2022 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)
After turning professional in 1992, Weir won his first Tour title at the 1999 Air Canada Championship with a two-stroke victory over Fred Funk, becoming the first Canadian to win on Tour since Richard Zokol. He went on to win seven additional titles, including the 2003 Masters - one of three victories collected that season. He spent over 110 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking between 2001 and 2005. He currently competes on PGA Tour Champions, where he notched his first victory at the 2021 Insperity Invitational.
The 2024 Presidents Cup will be held at Royal Montreal Golf Club, September 24-29. Founded in 1873, The Royal Montreal Golf Club is the oldest club in North America. Its Blue Course was designed by Dick Wilson and updated by Rees Jones in 2004 and 2005. In addition to hosting the Presidents Cup, Royal Montreal also held the RBC Canadian Open on 10 occasions, most recently in 2014.
"Captaining the team at this golf course is going to carve out an entire new piece of history in my career that can't be replaced," Weir said. "I have such a deep sense of pride bringing the team home knowing that in my opinion, the people of Canada are the most loyal and passionate sports fans in the world. We are hopeful to have a few Canadians on the team that will help muster up some of the loudest roars the event has ever heard."
Story originally appeared on GolfWeek