Former Masters champion Mike Weir has announced he will take an indefinite leave of absence from golf for family reasons.

According to The Globe and Mail of Toronto, Weir will focus on his children during his downtime. They have two teenaged daughters. “I love the game and will return when the time is right”.

Fritz said via email that Weir has “recently endured some hard times in his personal life”, which has impacted his golf game.

The 45-year-old has missed 12 cuts in 15 starts in 2015, and has withdrawn from the other three events including last week’s John Deere Classic shortly after teeing off in the second round.

The 2003 Masters victor from Bright’s Grove, Ont., was a runner-up at the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in 2004.

“It was extremely hard to make the decision to forego this year’s RBC Canadian Open, as I love playing in front of the Canadian fans”.

“That’s unfortunate”, Golf Canada chief championship officer Bill Paul said on a phone interview.

Weir first played the Canadian Open in 1989 and has been the top Canadian four times.

Weir has never won the Canadian Open, coming closest in 2004 when he was beaten by Vijay Singh in a playoff for the title at Glen Abbey.