I traded text messages with Mike Weir for a couple of days last week. Weir was at home in Utah, working with his swing coach, Mike Wilson, and prepping for this week’s Presidents Cup. Took some doing, but we eventually touched base on the phone on Friday for a quick conversation reviewing the season and looking forward to the Presidents Cup, which is in San Francisco. This conversation will turn into my column this week of Sympatico, but here are some of the highlights.
- On the PresCup: “Even though the end of the season was a very long stretch, I love the Presidents Cup and am very fired up about it.”
- On leadership in the event: “I feel like I’m one of the leaders, but there are five or six guys out there that have experience playing it. It is time for us to show the way. We’re hungry — we haven’t won this in a long time now.”
- On a rematch with Tiger Woods: “That stuff all depends on how a lot of things play out.”
- On beating Woods: “Y.E. Yang showed that, didn’t he? Yang went out and just got it done. Sure Tiger didn’t make a lot, but that’s not taking away from Yang. I think that’s how all the top players feel. If we are on our game, we can beat anyone.”
- On all the changes around him this year (changing swing coaches, mental coach, physical coach): “It doesn’t feel like that. I’m just going back to the point where I was playing my best and who knows me best.”
Overall Weir called the season “frustrating,” but added he was healthy the entire year with the exception of a small tweak to his back late in the year. Other than that it sounded like Weir was in a pretty good mindset, having spent two days working with Wilson, primarily on balance issues within his swing . Could this kickstart a return to form like the last Presidents Cup did? “I feel like it really could,” Weir says.