Some observations from a week of golf reporting, call it golf surgery watch:
- Mike Weir has hit a few drivers — five he said — but shut it down at the urging of his doctors. If you recall, Weir had surgery on his injured elbow in August. Weir said he’s been chipping and hitting irons and the arms feels strong. But Dr. Andrews, the physician who performed the surgery, suggested Weir back off for another couple of weeks. He’s supposed to take it easy until he hits the four-month mark from the surgery, which is before Christmas. Nonetheless, Weir said he’s aiming to be back and playing by February for Pebble Beach, though he admitted that might be optimistic. “And if that doesn’t work hopefully I can play in Florida before the Masters,” he said.
- Spoke with Graham DeLaet on Monday. He expects to be back for Sony in Hawaii, but says he’s still only 85% recovered. DeLaet added that he’s lost some distance since the surgery and is now about a half club shorter with his irons than he was before he shut it down for back surgery in December, 2010. DeLaet has some distance to spare, but he admitted it was taking some adjustment getting used to hitting it slightly shorter. DeLaet added he expects to play no more than a couple of weeks at a time while he determines how the back reacts, though he said the major medical exemption he’s on should get him into more events than he did as a rookie coming through Q School. The only tournament he was uncertain of at this point was the Northern Trust at Riviera, and he was hopeful he might get in that as well.
- Interesting to see former LPGA player AJ Eathorne is dropping the bag of LPGA star Brittany Lincicome and returning to home in British Columbia, taking a job with Predator Ridge. I spoke with Brad Pelletier, the former IMG Canadian director who is now running Predator Ridge, about the move. Pelletier said Eathorne’s deep connection to the area and outgoing personality made her a natural to run the facility’s practice and teaching facility. With its Doug Carrick designed course having opened a couple of years back, and with some of the best amenities of any facility in Canada, Predator certainly has to be considered among the top golf resorts in Canada. It was missing a marquee teaching pro — and now it has one.