7 Times the Wrong Man Won the Masters

The Year: 2003
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The Year: 2003

The Winner: Mike Weir

Should Have Won: Phil Mickelson

My assumption is that Mike Weir is a very nice man. He is Canadian, which is always a plus. He's had a fine career, including eight PGA tour wins. He's left handed, which usually helps at Augusta. Clearly a legit pro. Thus it pains me ever so slightly to rule Weir's 2003 Masters victory unacceptable. Consider that following the third round, the men closely trailing leader Jeff Maggert included Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, José María Olazábal, Tiger Woods and... Mike Weir. Consider also that Woods, the two-time defending champion, had shot a Saturday 66, while Weir had struggled to a 75. HOW DID MIKE WEIR WIN THE 2003 MASTERS?? Because golf is insane. Woods, Singh and Olazábal all posted indifferent Sunday rounds to fall out of contention. Weir shot 68 to get to the clubhouse at -7. Obscure journeyman Len Mattiace somehow shot 65 to squeeze into a playoff. A late charge by Mickelson fell short, and the battle for the green jacket came down to a sudden death playoff between Weir and Mattiace, prompting a suicide watch at CBS. Weir technically won, but really we all lost.

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