Weir to captain GB&I at 2011 PGA Cup

RUSSELL Weir has been named captain of the GB&I side for the 2011 PGA Cup match against the US at the CordeValle resort in California.

The 58-year-old from Dunoon, who will take over from Gary Alliss, made a record-equalling eight successive appearances in the biennial clash as a player and remains GB&I’s second highest points scorer with a tally bolstered by 15 wins.

“This is the highest point in my career,” said Weir, a five-time Tartan Tour No1. “I always felt that when I was not able to play in the PGA Cup team then I would love to be captain and be involved in some way. To get the call is a fantastic honour. I was so excited when I got the call that I was not able to sleep just thinking about it. I have always loved team sports especially in golf and to be part of the PGA Cup again is fantastic.”

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PGA chief Sandy Jones added: “Russell has been a stalwart of Scottish golf for many years and enjoys a distinguished association with the PGA Cup.

“He is a vastly experienced player and has an astute knowledge of the game which I’m sure will serve the Great Britain & Ireland team well.”