NatPost Column: Weir Focuses on the Positive

Aside from talking about shooting the lights out at the National Golf Club of Canada, Mike Weir also spoke with the media yesterday, talking about his experience of coming back to Glen Abbey four years after his heart-breaking playoff loss to Vijay Singh.

This is my take, in this morning’s National Post:

OAKVILLE -Lightning in a bottle.

That’s Mike Weir’s take on the chances of a Canadian finding himself at the top of his game just in time for the Canadian Open.

From Weir’s perspective it is almost a freak occurrence, like winning the lottery or finding an envelope filled with money while strolling down a busy street. It could happen — but it isn’t very likely.

And Weir knows how difficult it is to accomplish firsthand. In 2004, the last time the Canadian Open was held at Glen Abbey Golf Club, Weir came within a shot of becoming the first native to take home the title since Pat Fletcher pulled off the feat in 1954.

He was denied by Vijay Singh during a playoff that year, and the 38-year-old from Brights Grove, Ont., admits a golfer has to have all the elements in place — from his ball striking to the appropriate mindset — in order to win at any PGA Tour event.

“It’s difficult to get your game together to win an event and things all have to come together,” Weir said yesterday after his pro-am round in the morning. “Unless you’re Tiger and winning all the time, it’s hard to do. It is a little bit like lightning in a bottle. You hope things jell, you hope your stroke is good, [that] you’re rolling it well, putting well and chipping well.”

The full story 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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