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Sympatico Column: Weir Still Hoping Work Pays Off

I spoke with Mike Weir last week before he went to San Francisco to play for the International Team at the Presidents Cup. He was in good spirits, though I must admit he sounded tired. The essence of this week’s column in Sympatico is about whether Weir can use a successful Presidents Cup to kick-start his year, which has been solid, if slightly uneventful. That’s exactly what he did in 2007.

The column is here, while below is a tease of the first few graphs:

He should be taking in some R&R, but Mike Weir has been busy.

 Though this past week was meant as a much needed breather after playing an epic stretch of golf tournaments following the RBC Canadian Open in July, Weir was back at the grind, working at home in Utah on some swing balance issues with coach Mike Wilson. He spent two days working with Wilson, proclaiming that he “pretty much have it figured out.” This week Weir will find out, appearing as one of 12 members of the International Team at the Presidents Cup in San Francisco.
Despite playing all four tournaments of the FedEx Cup, handily making the Presidents Cup team in the process, and even with a second in Pebble Beach and shooting a course record 64 at the U.S. Open, Weir clearly didn’t have an exceptional year. He often played three strong rounds, only to be derailed by a balky driver or an uncooperative putter that threw him down the leaderboard. In essence it was a year of “what ifs.” What if his driver had been sharp at Bethpage? What if he hadn’t had a strange ruling at the Canadian Open?
“That’s a fair assessment, really,” says a tired sounding Weir. “It was a bit of a transition year for me going back to working with Mike Wilson after spending time with Andy [Bennett] and Mike [Plummer.] But as hard as I worked it felt like, well man, I really didn’t get that much out of it. It was frustrating.”

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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