JOHANNESBURG – Former Masters champion Mike Weir will play in only his third tournament on South African fairways when he heads to Glendower Golf Club for the BMW South African Open Championship this January.
Weir joins Trevor Immelman and Charl Schwartzel as the three former Masters champions in the field for the January 11-14 tournament.
The left-handed Canadian will make his third tournament appearance in South Africa after playing in the 2001 Nedbank Golf Challenge and 2003 Presidents Cup as a member of the International Team.
Weir said his close friendship with tournament player-host Ernie Els convinced him to play in the 107th edition of the second oldest national Open 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,” Weir said.