Mike Weir – Down…But Far From Out

Mike Weir will be the 18th golf related inductee into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (Photo: Scott MacLeod)

When you speak with Canadian golf fans, a frequent topic of discussion is Mike Weir.

It’s easy to have a soft spot for the Bright’s Grove, Ontario native. After all, he’s Canada’s only male winner of a major championship and his brilliant play on the PGA TOUR for many years made him worthy of much adulation.

Despite a highlight of a 2nd place finish at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2014 the most notable aspect of that season was 15 missed cuts. He has tallied 42 of those in the last three seasons on the PGA TOUR, including the very forgettable 2012 campaign where he racked up 14 of them in a row.

He has been plagued by injuries and, amidst this, has been struggling to find the form that earned him 8 PGA TOUR victories and almost $28 million in TOUR winnings. Now 44, Weir spent 110 weeks in the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings.  That may have ended a decade ago but he’s not giving up on his pursuit of excellence.

The bad elbow caught up with Weir again this past week at the Northern Trust Open, causing him to withdraw in the second round as a precautionary measure.

 I caught up with Weir last week, after the Pro-Am portion of the Northern Trust Open, to get an update on a few things including work on his game, his 15 year relationship with TaylorMade Golf, and even the people who inspired and helped him become a top pro.  He was looking particularly fit and enthusiastic about the season ahead.