Weir elbow injury requires surgery, out three to six months

Mike Weir: Surgery will keep him out until next year.

Mike Weir will be out three to six months after undergoing surgery on his right elbow, his sports agents IMG announced this morning.

Weir has struggled with elbow problems since injuring it in the spring of 2010. He did not play for the last half of 2010 while rehabbing the elbow, but proclaimed himself healthy when he returned early this year. However, he reinjured the elbow hitting out of long rough at the RBC Canadian Open in Vancouver in July and withdrew from the tournament. He has not played since.

“My elbow has caused me problems over the past year and during the RBC Canadian Open it essentially became unplayable,” said Weir in a press release. “Dr. Andrews is the best in the business, and it’s my hope with patience, and diligent post-surgery rehab, I will be able to put my elbow problems behind me and look forward.”

That might be easier said than done. Weir has made only two of 15 cuts this year and is suffering through the most dismal stretch of his career. Weir is now 41, and has driven the ball badly for most of three seasons. This year alone he’s worked with numerous swing coaches in search of a solution, before settling once again on Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett of stack and tilt fame. However he just started work with Plummer and Bennett when he hurt the elbow again at the RBC Canadian Open.

Weir does have options — he’ll have two all-time money exemptions he can use, assuming he won’t get an additional injury exemption that would let him play next year.

Once one of the best in the world, Weir’s extended slump makes one wonder whether he can recover his form. I think it is less likely, especially given that a good part of next season will be about finding his swing again and being convinced the elbow is sound.

In the meantime, Weir starts work in September with Ian Andrew on the first Weir Golf Design course for Laval, a private club located outside of Montreal. He’ll apparently have more time to make visits now….

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