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Mike Weir in London: "I'm close."

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Spent my morning in London, Ontario where Mike Weir was at Sunningdale G & CC for the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids, a charity he set up to help raise funds for childrens’ hospitals. Weir was in town with his wife, Bricia, and their kids, and spent the night previous at a fundraiser that apparently raised more than $100,000 and included a Tiger Woods signed golf bag that went for $7,500. The overall goal was $300,000.

I’ll write more about this in coming days, but Weir looked sharp throughout the clinic he put on and appeared very confident with his game at the moment. He’s convinced he can still play his way on to the Presidents Cup team and the new swing is working wonderfully.

“In the past at this point in the year I’d have to take it easy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,” he said. “But at this point I can practice as much as I want.”

He said most people would not be able to discern the swing changes he’s made — but his body tells him that it is a step in the right direction. His brother, Jim, said he’s striking the ball well and he would have been in the hunt at the U.S. Open had he hit more fairways with his driver. Apparently that was a change from Muirfield Village, where he hit his driver well.

He’s close and said he expects to win again and play well throughout the remainder of the year.

In the past I’ve often found Weir defensive when it came to probing questions about his swing and his game. Today he was relaxed and confident — he seems genuinely convinced the stack and tilt method will translate into results. If you’re looking for a sense of what the new swing is all about, check out this article in Golf Digest.

We’ll see.

BTW, here’s a look at Weir’s “tilt and stack” swing:

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Weir said he’s heading up to Angus Glen in the next bit to play the course in preparation for the Canadian Open. He then asked a bunch of questions relating to the changes, wondering specifically about the bunkers and fairways. He vaguely recalled the course from the 2001 Skins Game and a later tour with Doug Carrick.

Interestingly, Weir said golf design is something that he’s considering, adding that he has a pretty good handle on what he likes in a golf course. Even in a saturated market, I think a Mike Weir course where he actually had a hand in the design (unlike other PGA Tour pros who simply stick their names on courses for marketing) would be a seller in central Canada. The only question in my mind is what would a Mike Weir course look and play like? Any ideas?

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Talk around the event was that the RCGA is close to announcing a new executive director. Apparently IMG head honcho Brad Pelletier is out, and talk is that Peter Broome, an Titleist exec with ties to Canada is at the top of the list.

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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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