With the Mike Weir era of Canadian golf soon coming to a close, many Canadian golf fans are worried that Canadian content will be weak in the coming years. Make no mistake, Canada's future in golf is a bright one.
Graham DeLaet has quickly became the poster boy for the new wave of Canadian golfers. The 2009 Canadian Tour Player of the Year earned his PGA tour card after coming T-8 in Q-school.
Just this week, DeLaet came T-3 (71-67-71-68-277) in the Shell Houston Open, putting him 52nd in FedEx Cup Standings. He currently ranks 211 in Official World Golf Rankings.
Hailing from Bright's Grove, Ontario, the same hometown as Mike Weir, Matt Hill is another up and coming superstar. He won 8 events on NCAA Division circuit in 2009 and was named player of the year, earning the Jack Nicklaus trophy. Past winners include both Tiger and Phil. Quite the honour.
The pride of Abbottsford, British Columia is the third of the Canadian young guns. Nick Taylor is making a name for himself not only on the NCAA circuit (where he had four wins in 2009), but also on the world stage.
In 2008, Taylor qualified for the U.S. Open at Torry Pines, an accomplishment in itself. Taylor missed the cut, a personal disappointment, but this would not be the last we would hear of him.
In 2009, Taylor again qualified for the U.S, Open at Beethpage Black, this would be where he would make a name for himself. A second round 65 was a tie for the lowest single round by an amateur in U.S. Open history. Taylor made the cut in an unheard of 7th place, an accomplishment rarely ever seen by an amateur.
In the weekend, Taylor posted back-to-back 75s, putting him in a tie for 36th. His performance gave him the honour of being low amateur at the 2009 U.S. Open.
This Trio of Canadian young guys gives golf fans in the great white north the comfort that with the exit of Mike Weir, comes the entrance of those who he has inspired, a group of guys committed to carry on the legacy that Mike has left them.