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VIDEO: Mike Weir chases Canadian Open in 24th attempt
Mike Weir has never won the Canadian Open. He's tried 23 times, and he nearly pulled it off in 2004, losing to Vijay Singh in a three-hole playoff.
No Canadian has won their own tournament since Pat Fletcher in 1954. And Weir is hoping he – or another one of his compatriots, be it Graham DeLaet or David Hearn – changes that this week.
"I've been at it a long time," Weir said on Wednesday. "This is such a special event for all the Canadians in the field.
"Through the years, I've been the focus of attention and not so the focus of attention some times," he said. "This year, I'm excited about my game. I'm ready to play and compete... I just got done nine holes, I feel very good about that."
The 2014 RBC Canadian Open begins tomorrow at Royal Montreal Golf Club. Coverage begins at 12 p.m. PST on TSN.
Royal Montreal was also the site of one of Weir's other greatest professional accomplishments, when he beat Tiger Woods in the final round of the 2007 Presidents Cup, thrilling Canadian crowds even though the United States won the tournament.
Video: The Canadian Press