Weir's Return: "The doc said they’re confident it’s completely healed."

Weir returns after three months this week at the Shark Shootout.

Having not played since August, his longest layoff from golf since he went to college, Mike Weir returns for the Shark Shootout, a silly season event that he’s using to test his injured elbow and be sure it has completely healed. Weir, who plays with KJ Choi in the event, says he’s 80-85% recovered (source):

“I’m feeling a lot better,” Weir said after playing nine holes and hitting balls Tuesday. “I’ve been able to practice the last, probably a good three weeks that I’ve been able to hit balls almost every day, every other day.”

The doctor told Weir that any discomfort he feels is likely just scar tissue at this point.

All of which begs the question: What can be expected of Mike Weir upon his return?
There is a school of thought that says Weir has been in constant decline since 2004. Certainly 2005 and 2006 were not good years for the Canadian, but he’s made between $1.9-million and $3-million per year and since then and played on two Presidents Cup teams. Not exactly what I’d call a bad stretch of golf.

However, Weir hasn’t won — and that’s the big question. He has now only one win since 2004 — suggesting that while he’s continued to be a money-making machine, he hasn’t been able to put four great rounds together. That’s largely true — he’s had glimpses, like the opening round at the U.S. Open in Bethpage in 2009, but he hasn’t been able to carry that through to four rounds. That leaves him tied with George Knudson as the Canadian with the most wins — and questions about whether he’ll be able to eclipse him.

“I feel like obviously I’m a better player now,” Hearn said. “Now I have experience on how everything works, which tournaments I’ll probably get into and things like that. Travel is important as well and it’s really just the little stuff that I’ll be better prepared for … I feel like I’m more balanced.”

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