2003 Masters champion Mike Weir announced Friday that he is taking an indefinite leave from competitive golf, with no timetable for return.
"Family is incredibly important to me and I have decided to take some time to focus on my personal life in children," Weir wrote in statement released on Twitter.
The 45-year-old Canadian has played 18 events in the 2014-15 season, making the cut only at the CIMB Classic in November where he finished T21.
Weir won the Masters in 2003 and became the first Canadian male to win a major championship and only the second left-handed golfer to win a major championship. He was ranked as high as third in the world in 2003, after finishing T3 in the U.S. Open, and spent over 110 weeks in the top 10 between 2001 and 2005. In 2003, Weir won the Lou Marsh award for outstanding Canadian athlete of the year.
A torn ligament in his elbow sidelined Weird in 2010; since 2011 he’s recorded only one top 10 on the PGA Tour, a runner-up finish to Brendon Todd at the 2014 HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Here is Weir’s announcement via his Twitter account:
I have decided to take some time off from golf competition for personal reasons. Thanks to my fans for their support. pic.twitter.com/hsfB6EXqNa— Weirsy (@MikeWeir) July 17, 2015