Sympatico Column: Weir's Comeback

My latest Sympatico column is up:

Not since he was 18 has Mike Weir had this much time away from golf.

Since he was diagnosed with a partially-torn ligament in his elbow at the end of August, Weir hasn’t hit a full shot, and only recently started chipping and putting. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t found distractions away from golf.

“I’ve become a pretty good cook and the house is pretty clean,” Weir says from his home outside Salt Lake City, Utah, before breaking into laughter. “Bricia [Weir’s wife] is a fan. It has been good to be around, but at the same time being a creature of habit and used to being on the road, I miss the competition.”

He’s been Canada’s brightest golf start since he broke through onto the PGA Tour in 1998. Eight wins later he’s tied with George Knudson as the Canadian with the most victories ever.

Unfortunately 2010 wasn’t kind to Weir. He struggled with his driving, leading to his worst season on the PGA Tour since his rookie campaign. He simply wasn’t playing like the golfer who won the Masters in 2003 and defeated Tiger Woods at the Presidents Cup in Montreal in 2007. After a miserable Canadian Open at St. George’s in July where he looked like a 5-handicap at times, it wasn’t surprising to hear he’d been diagnosed with an injury. It was just about the only thing that could explain his lackluster play.

The entire column can be found here.

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