2003 US Masters Winner

Canadian Mike Weir took his first major title after a dramatic playoff with American, Len Mattiace at the 67th US Masters tournament in Augusta National Golf Course, Georgia. Weir carded a closing 68 for a 7-under-par-score of 281, matching Mattiace, who had a brilliant final round of 65.
Weir nearly blew his chances after missing birdie putts on the 16th and 17th by the narrowest of margins. He had to hold his nerve on the 18th where he needed a par to force the playoff.
Both players managed to find the fairway on the 10th, the first playoff hole, but Mattiace pulled his approach shot left of the green, leaving Weir with a clear run at the US Masters title and the GBP640 000 purse.
The 32-year-old from Ontario became the first left-handed player to win a major since 1963. “It was an incredible day, I could not ask for more to go bogey free on the final day at Augusta National,” said Weir. “It was gut-wrenching; there were a lot of putts I had to make down the stretch and that’s what I was really proud of,” he added, slinging the Green Jacket over his shoulders.
Had he not pushed his drive into the trees on the 18th, Len Mattiace could have equaled the lowest final round in the US Masters. He would have matched South African golfing great, Gary Player, who shot a 64 to win in 1978.
After matching Weir’s closing round of 68, crowd favourite Phil Mickelson finished 3rd at Augusta for the fourth time! Jim Furyk finished fourth after shooting a final round of 68, while Tiger Woods had a shocker and battled to a final round 75, finishing nine shots behind the leaders. It was to have been his third straight Masters title.
2003 US Masters results:

  • 281 Mike Weir 70 68 75 68, Len Mattiace 73 74 69 65 – Weir won at playoff
  • 283 Phil Mickelson 73 70 72 68
  • 284 Jim Furyk 73 72 71 68
  • 286 Jeff Maggert 72 73 66 75

Do you think you could have predicted the 2003 US Masters results?