Mar
4
2011
Friday’s Greatest Bear Trap Victim: Mike Weir (Who Also Lost His Card)
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

During the first round, Adam Scott entered the Bear Trap, the deadly three-hole stretch (Nos. 15-17) at PGA National, even-par and left at seven-over to post 77. Mike Weir almost tied Scott’s tragic experience in the second round on Friday, posting three straight double-bogeys. Weir shot a career-worst 85 and 22-over for the tournament. He’s currently dead last in the field at the Honda Classic. Weir lost more than some of his dignity with his dreadful performance — he also lost his PGA Tour card.

Canada’s golden golfer had elbow surgery last fall after struggling for most of 2010. Playing in 2011 on a medical extension, Weir had five starts to make at least $228,000 or he would lose fully exempt status for the remainder of the season. Which is what has happened.

Weir missed four cuts and earned only $10,788 with his T77 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Now, Weir falls into Category 28, Non Exempt Major Medical Extension, on the priority list, which basically means he won’t get into any tournaments without sponsor’s exemptions. However, if a field isn’t filled with players in the previous 27 categories, Weir is first in that Category with Brett Wetterich and Matt Weibring behind him. Category 28 is directly behind Category 27, which includes the players finishing between 125-150 on last year’s money list.

Good news is Weir is a former Masters champion, and his past success and popularity should earn him a fair share of sponsor’s invites. I mean, I’m sure he’s a lock for the Canadian Open.

Tough day for Weir, shooting his worst score ever and losing his card. Yikes.

On the bright side, Weir is 12th on the all-time money list, so he can take a one-time career money list exemption next year if needed.

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)