Tag:Mike Weir
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:41 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 1:03 pm

Even PGA Tour players have passport problems

Mike Weir didn't have a great week in Mexico. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

If you’ve ever traveled out of the country, you know the checklist; passport, wallet, passport, passport. It’s the only thing you are continuously stressed out about. But what if you didn’t have a passport to begin with?

That’s the problem that doomed Mike Weir’s chances this week at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Weir was waiting on a passport to be sent to his house, but UPS lost it, and he didn’t get it until 2 P.M. on Wednesday. 

The tournament started on Thursday, so the former Masters champion rushed to Cancun, but without a practice round or basically any preparation (or most of all, peace of mind) he shot an opening round 79 and is very much going to the miss the cut as he currently struggles through his Friday round.

Sure, only some of the blame could be put on UPS since it hasn’t seemed Weir has had much of a golf game the last couple of years, but talk about a stressful few days just waiting for something that allowed you access to a practice round. 

The good news for Weir? No PGA Tour tournaments out of the states until the British. 

h/t Ballengee

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Category: Golf
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: August 19, 2011 11:08 am

Weir rebuilds elbow, and hopefully, career

This time around, former Masters champion Mike Weir went to the mountaintop for advice. Maybe it’ll help hasten his return to the top in his own vocation.

After battling issues in his right elbow for more than a year, during which he has been in an absolute career freefall, Weir had surgery Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., at the hand of renowned arm specialist Dr. James Andrews.

Andrews has rebuilt more arms of major-league pitchers than anybody in the medical profession over the past few years, and did an extensor tendon repair on Weir that will sideline the Canadian hero from 3-6 months, according to IMG, his management company. Weir, one of the classiest acts in the game, is almost certainly finished for the 2011 season.

Weir, 41, has suffered through a nagging ligament issue in the same arm for months, and came back this season to post the most alarming results of his career. Then the left-hander injured himself in the Canadian Open four weeks ago.

“They had really thick rough there,” IMG spokesman Dave Haggith said.

Haggith made a point of noting that it was unclear exactly how Weir injured the elbow, but several players complained that the rough at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club was unusually punitive. Weir was forced to quit after six holes in the second round.

It was first believed Weir had aggravated his old ligament injury, but a follow-up MRI exam with Andrews turned up the previously undiagnosed tendon problem. Weir has skidded to No. 539 in the world rankings – falling to ninth among Canadian players alone -- and has withdrawn or missed the cut in an eye-popping 17 of 20 events starting with the British Open last summer.

South African veteran Tim Clark, like Weir a fixture on Presidents Cup teams and the 2010 champion at the Players Championship, is also facing surgery on his ailing right elbow, an injury that has almost completely ruined his 2011 season.

Category: Golf
Posted on: March 4, 2011 3:09 pm

Weir bottoms out in final extra event, loses card

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The greatest player in Canadian history has lost his card on the PGA Tour, sadly, in truly forgettable fashion.

Mike Weir, an icon north of the border for all the right reasons, skidded home with an 85 on Friday at the Honda Classic, at the worst possible time.

Weir, 40, made double bogeys at each of PGA National's so-called Bear Trap holes to finish with the worst score of his career. His previous high was an 84 at the Players Championship 10 years ago, and this was hardly the week for more bad news, since the tournament represented a tour deadline regarding his playing status.

Weir, who had elbow surgery last fall after struggling for much of 2010, was playing this season on a medical extension and had five starts to earn $228,000, or he faced losing his fully exempt status for the rest of the year. Weir, a true professional in every regard, didn't come close and the Honda was his last at-bat.

With his missed cut Friday, he failed to play on the weekend in four of his five starts and earned only $10,778 in the alotted span.

Going forward, the good news is that the former Masters champion, an eight-time winner in PGA Tour play, is expected to receive a liberal number of sponsor exemptions based on his popularity. 
Category: Golf
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