WORLD RANK 45
Wife: Bricia Children: Elle Marisa (12/19/97); Lili (4/3/00)
Shared the third-round lead with Tiger Woods in the '99 PGA but closed with an 80. Three weeks later shot 64-64 on the weekend to win the Air Canada Championship.
ON BEING A LEFTY
"It's not rare for a golfer in Canada. It must have something to do with so many people playing hockey, because about 20 percent of the golfers are left-handed. When I was 13, I wrote Jack Nicklaus and asked if I should switch to right-handed. He said, 'Stay with what feels natural.' "
WHAT IT'S LIKE BEING THE BEST PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY WITH THE MOST GOLFERS PER CAPITA IN THE WORLD
"A little crazy, but something I've always wanted. I get recognized everywhere, but it's not a burden. It inspires me."
WHY HOCKEY PLAYERS MAKE GOOD GOLFERS
"A good slap shot teaches you a shallow angle of attack. That's the best way to hit a golf ball."
WHAT KIND OF HOCKEY PLAYER WERE YOU?
"A feisty little disturber type. I like contact. Kind of like [ Detroit Red Wings forward] Pat Verbeek. I used to like bodychecking somebody when I got mad, but there's no release like that in golf. That was hard to learn. I had to drop the gloves a few times, but I lost my two front teeth by running into the top bar of the net."
"I was behind a tree in a playoff during a Canadian tour event, so I turned over a six-iron. I duffed the shot about 50 yards into a trap and lost."
THE NEXT TIME HE PLAYS WITH TIGER...
"I'll get a few security guys of my own. Tiger had 10 or 12 guys at the PGA, and if I let them get ahead of me, I got run over [by the fans] going to the next tee."