Mike Weir. Remember him? Canada’s golden golfer who won the 2003 Masters, along with seven other PGA Tour events, including a WGC tournament and the 2003 Bob Hope Classic.
Last time Weir made the cut was the 2011 AT&T National. Wouldn’t it be nice if he broke his missed-cut streak here?
For 53 holes, it looked like that would be the case. He was eight-under going into the 9th at the Palmer Course, his last hole of the day (started on No. 10). Unfortunately, he dunked two in the water — check out this graphic I tweeted via ShotLink — and posted a triple-bogey to miss the cut by three shots at the Humana Challenge.
I’m betting he had a brain fart or two on that hole. I mean, you know what was running through his mind. He likely had an idea of where he stood with the cut line before pushing his tee ball in the water on no. 9.
Weir has obviously struggled in the past few years, partly due to injuries. In his last 18 starts, he’s missed 17 cuts and one WD. Last season he made 14 starts and failed to make the cut all year. In 2011 his best finish was T70 at the AT&T National. He only made one other cut in 15 starts and withdrew from two events on the PGA Tour. (Yes, I cringed, too, when looking up his results.)
Luckily, Weir has had a lucrative career and ranks 18th in the PGA Tour All-Time money leaders with about $26.8 million in earnings. He’s allowed two exemptions based on this — one for top 50 and another for top 25. That’s how he’s getting into tournaments this year because the phone probably isn’t ringing off the hook from tournament directors and sponsors offering him exemptions.
Yet, he’s still fighting to find his form. Good news is he broke 70 twice in the last three rounds. He failed to break 70 in an official tournament in 2012. Most of his scores ranged from 75 to 83.
It’s no doubt disheartening to keep the faith when you’re in that much of a slump. What keeps him going? In December he told The National Post’s Cam Cole that it was the desire to prove everyone wrong…again:
It’s always been about that,” he said, on the phone from his home outside Salt Lake City. “I’ve heard since I was a junior golfer I’d never be good enough to be a college player, and then I’d never be a good pro, and then I’d never make it off the Canadian Tour …
“This is another setback I’ve had to go through, kind of the perfect storm of bad scenarios, of injuries, of getting into some funky problems, of being stubborn … but it is where I am now. I’m feeling good again and I’m sure there’s some good golf ahead of me.
“I know it’s easier said than done, because, no question, it’s been very stressful. To go out there and play that poorly is an awful feeling, there’s no joy in it when you’re used to a certain level. It’s very demanding mentally to try to keep an attitude and wake up the next day and get back to the grind, but I’ve been able to do that.”
I guess he’ll keep on grinding at the next event. This one has to hurt, though.