My latest Sympatico column is now online.
Here’s a taste:
Mike Weir, by his own admission, is basically a shy guy, an unassuming golfer who prefers to remain out of the spotlight. He’s even careful and guarded speaking to the same writers that have covered his emergence as the country’s top professional golfer over the past 11 years.
Of course, it is hard to run under the radar when you’re eleventh on the all-time PGA Tour career money list with $25-million in winnings “ even if you’re a Southern Ontario boy who has lived in Utah since he was a teenager. It is even harder to remain incognito when you’ve won the Masters, as Weir did in 2003. That means every year at about this time he has to undergo an interrogation about a) the state of his game b) his thoughts on his chances at Augusta and c) whether anyone can actually beat Tiger Woods.
The answers, in case you are interested, are, in order, pretty solid but a bit shaky lately, not the bombers paradise it is made out to be, and well, yes Tiger Woods is going to get most of the attention. But that doesn’t mean he can’t be taken down. After all, the hype around Tiger is reaching a fever pitch after his dramatic 18th hole win at Bay Hill last week, but he’s still only taken one Masters since he put the green jacket on Weir in 2003. I’m not a statistician, but I’m pretty sure that means other golfers have a chance at winning next week.
The full column can be found in the Sympatico golf site.