Weir pursuing successful form of old
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Mike Weir before the beginning of this year had been working with instructor and former PGA Tour player Grant Waite on getting his swing back to where it was when he was winning golf tournaments.
The Canadian had surgery on his right elbow in August 2011. When he finally returned to the PGA Tour at the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am, he endured a string of 16 consecutive missed cuts before breaking through with a T-68 at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.
“Basically I worked with him for a year and a half,” Weir said of his time with Waite. “I know what I need to do, and it's time to, as he says, he wants to make the player his own coach, so that's kind of where I'm at. Time to just go play and leave that alone a little bit.”
After a mini-streak of missed weekends after San Diego, Weir finally made the cut at Wells Fargo and started a run of four consecutive tournaments that he played on the weekend, with the best finish a T-28 at the U.S. Open at Merion after a final-round 69.
Since then Weir has made cuts and missed cuts, but needed his status as a top-50 career money winner to play on the PGA Tour in 2014.
Weir started the season making three of four cuts, but since turning the page of the calendar, Weir has not made the cut at Sony or this week at Humana.
“I feel comfortable with my game,” Weir said while packing up his stuff on Saturday in the desert. “I feel really good – I didn't make a thing this week otherwise, but my ball‑striking is good and that's what we've worked on. We haven't worked on any short game ever. That's really – I've never worked with really anybody on my short game. Just a matter of getting out there and doing it.”