June 20, 2009 |
As they completed one round and part of another Friday at the U.S. Open golf tournament, it became clear that the stars were out of line over Bethpage State Park. Weird was the norm. A player whose last name started with "W" was the first-round leader, shooting a six-under-par 64 that was one shot shy of tying the best round ever in a major tournament. "I was in a good place all day," said Mike Weir, the Canadian who won the 2003 Masters. The more famous "W"?
February 17, 2009 |
An onrushing 24-year-old South Carolinian will have to wait to sate that golfer's inner curiosity about how he might function playing a final round with a four-shot lead. What's not uncertain, though, is Dustin Johnson's fresh place in any conversation about wildly promising 20-something PGA Tour golfers.
September 1, 2008 |
Mike Weir holed a five-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a four-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead Sunday in the Deutsche Bank Championship at Norton, Mass., leaving him in a familiar position with hopes of a better outcome. It is the 10th time the Canadian has had at least a share of the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, but he has only one victory when leading going into the final round. Protecting this one might be the toughest challenge yet. Camilo Villegas ignored swirling wind and increasingly firm conditions at TPC Boston to shoot 63, putting him in the final group with Weir for perhaps his best chance at his first PGA Tour victory.
August 31, 2008 |
Tim Clark needed only one birdie over his last two holes to shoot 59. He finished with consecutive bogeys and had to settle for a one-shot lead Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship at Norton, Mass. The South African still matched his career low with a nine-under-par 62 on soft and vulnerable TPC Boston, giving him a one-shot lead over Mike Weir of Canada at the halfway point of the PGA Tour's second playoff event. On another day of low scoring, Clark was trying to get into contention when he shot to the top of the leaderboard by playing a six-hole stretch in seven under, including two eagles.
August 30, 2008 |
Mike Weir shaved his "playoff beard" when his wife and children flew in this week, but that had no bearing on his golf Friday. This was a round to enjoy, not explain. Weir birdied the first four holes and one-putted his final nine greens in the Deutsche Bank Championship to tie the course record at TPC Boston with a 10-under 61 at Norton, Mass., the lowest round of his PGA Tour career. Weir had a three-shot lead over a group of four players that included Vijay Singh, whose victory last week at The Barclays put him atop the standings in the PGA Tour playoffs for the FedEx Cup. Singh previously had the TPC Boston course record to himself, a 61 in the third round two years ago. And the Fijian set the tone for a day of low scores when he ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch for a 64. It took Weir only 10 holes to catch him. "There was no indication on the putting green when I was warming up that was going to tell me it was going to be like that," Weir said.
January 6, 2008 |
Mike Weir finally got one last birdie putt to fall, and it was enough to put him in the lead Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Championship at Kapalua, Hawaii. Weir, who missed three consecutive birdie chances inside 10 feet on the back nine, hit a deft chip to three feet for birdie on the par-five 18th that gave him a five-under-par 68. Weir is at 13-under 206 and has a one-shot lead over Nick Watney, who birdied his last two holes for a 67.