Weir Plays Well, But Perry Wins

I have a column in today’s paper (well, more of a news story really) about Mike Weir’s attempt to claim the Memorial title. He didn’t pull it off, but he played well. Perry just played better.

Here’s a taste:

Mike Weir challenged through the first half of the final round Sunday at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, but it was a suddenly resurgent 47-year old, Kenny Perry, who held off numerous challengers to take the title.

Perry started the day tied for second with Weir, England’s Justin Rose and Wisconsin’s Jerry Kelly. All were chasing Australian Matthew Goggin, who opened the tournament with a 7-under 65 and continued his strong play through the weekend, taking a two-shot lead into the final round.

But on a challenging course that many compared to a U.S. Open site, Goggin, who had not won on the PGA Tour, bogeyed three of his first six holes and never recovered.

Conversely Weir started the day with two birdies in his first four holes, which put him in a three-way tie for the lead with Perry and Rose. He caught a bad break on the sixth when his approach caught the false front of the green. Weir missed a lengthy par putt, but recovered, making a birdie on the seventh and ninth holes to head into the final nine holes tied for the lead again.

The full story is here. Lorne Rubenstein’s take at the Globe and Mail is here.

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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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