Calgary Herald

$40,000 for mike Weir Foundation

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Mike Weir’s caddy for Wednesday’s par-3 contest was Toronto software executive Paul Atkinson, who bid $40,000 at a charity event at the Canadian Open last year for the privilege, with proceeds going to the Mike Weir Foundation.

“I didn’t know the exact figure, but I know it was significan­t. To be able to raise that much is pretty cool,” Weir said before heading out to the par-3 course. “He’s had tickets all week. I don’t know if he can caddy left-handed, but we were giving it to him pretty good at the house (Tuesday) night. He’s pretty excited.”

Weir had to go to his backup lid after he lost his hat — with his official competitor’s pin attached — on Tuesday evening.

“I don’t know what happened. I showered before the (champions) dinner last night, and it went missing.”

Weir was the 50th player to register on Sunday, so his caddy, Graeme Courts, had the No. 50 bib, but Weir had to go back and get a new pin, and was issued No. 120.

There are only 99 players in the field, the highest since 1966.

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