We are extremely appreciative to both Mike and Ian for agreeing, in these very difficult times, to travel to Japan and represent our country, said Canadian Tour Commissioner Jacques Burelle following the announcement. It obviously speaks volumes as to the commitment that that Mike and Ian feel towards Canada, the sport of golf and the World Golf Championships Series. I believe it also goes directly to the class, sportsmanship and courage that have always marked their conducts in our sport. We certainly wish both of them the very best at the 2001 EMC World Cup.
Weir, one of the top players in the world today, won three Canadian Tour titles from 1993 through 1997 and captured the McDonalds Order of Merit crown in 1997. Leggatt had seven Canadian Tour second-place finishes between 1996 and 1999.
Ian has played well the last couple of years, and particularly well the middle months of this year, Weir told www.mikeweir.com. I think Ian has earned it, and look forward to him as my playing partner. I think we have a legitimate shot at winning it all.
Leggatt, who currently sits in 126th spot on the PGA Tours money list, is excited at the prospect of playing with Weir in Japan.
I am honored and thrilled to be going to Japan to play with Mike and represent Canada, he said. I plan on having a good run at the last few (PGA Tour) stops this year and securing my card. The EMC World Cup is certainly a bonus.