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Canada’s Weir has its sights set on a solid show during the renewed Rogers Charity Classic

“This year I just need to find a few more fairways and warm up the flatstick a bit more and hopefully make a few more putts.”

Weir finished sixth last week at the Insperity Invitational near Houston, a tournament he won in 2021 for his only victory on the senior circuit to date.

The Canadian Golf Hall of Famer wants nothing more than to become the first Canadian to win a PGA Tour Champions tournament on home soil this summer.

“Hopefully I’ll do well this year,” said Weir, who noted he will face stiff competition from fellow countryman Stephen Ames, who has won twice this season. “He’s playing phenomenal golf, probably some of the best golf of his career.

“It’s great to see.”

Weir added that he was also pleased to see Rogers Communications as the new title sponsor. The company has made a $1 million donation to kick-start fundraising for this year’s tournament.

“Shaw has obviously done a great job all these years,” said the 2003 Masters champion, who recently signed on as a Team Rogers athlete. “Now Rogers is taking over and carrying on and continuing the great tradition that Shaw started.”

American Ken Duke won the tournament last year.

“It was one of the premier events on (the) PGA Tour Champions (tour),” Weir said in a telephone interview. “Players love to come and play and it’s a great golf course. We really get great support from fans. The audience really comes out.”

Weir will serve as captain of the international squad for the 2024 Presidents Cup at the Royal Montreal Golf Club in late September.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2024.

Laurence Heinen, The Canadian Press