By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FORT WORTH, Texas – Not much has gone right for Mike Weir this season. He’s only made one cut in eight starts this year, and had to withdraw at another event. And unless he makes a late rally, he’s not in position to make the cut this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
But he did have a nice moment at the par-3 13th on Friday, rolling in a putt of 85 feet, 1 inch for a birdie. It’s the third longest putt made on the PGA TOUR this year.
Weir is 2 over on his round and 4 over for the tournament with seven holes to play. The projected cut line is even par.
LONGEST PUTTS ON THE PGA TOUR IN 2011
|103 feet, 5 inches||Angel Cabrera||Waste Management Phoenix Open||4th|
|96 feet, 2 inches||Alex Cejka||Northern Trust Open||1st|
|85 feet, 1 inch||Mike Weir||Crowne Plaza Inv’t at Colonial||2nd|
Here’s how Weir’s putt looks on ShotTracker
That two-stroke penalty that Dustin Johnson incurred for being late to his first-round tee time could come back to haunt him. Currently at 2 over for the week, Johnson is one shot outside the current cut line.
The good news is that Johnson has only played three holes here in the second round (and is even par).
The bad news for Luke Donald, who finished in second here last year and in the top 10 each of the previous two years, is that he doesn’t have anymore holes to play this week. After a 68 on Thursday, Donald struggled to an 8-over 79 on Friday, sending him tumbling more than 100 spots down the leaderboard and well beyond the cut at 5 over.
It’s the first time Donald, who was making his season debut this week, will miss the cut in this event since 2007.
Others on the outside looking in include Zach Johnson, Y.E. Yang, Lucas Glover, Rickie Fowler and Mike Weir.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Mike Weir has never won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but he certainly has a great record on the Monterey Peninsula.
He was runner-up in the tournament in 2005 and T3 in ‘06, and Weir has a total of seven top-10s in 13 starts. He’s off to another good start on Thursday, too, after playing his first 15 holes at Spyglass Hills in 3 under. (To follow the rest of his round, click here .)
Weir has a sense of urgency this year, too. He is playing on a major medical extension and he has five events to earn $227,885 -- which, combined with his earnings from last year, would equal those of Troy Merritt, who finished No. 125 on the money list in 2010.
If he does, Weir, whose 2010 campaign was cut short by a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, would be fully exempt for 2011. If not, he still would have status as a past champion.
The former Masters champ has made two starts this year, cashing just one check for $10,788 when he tied for 77th at the Farmers Insurance Open. – Helen Ross
According to the Associated Press, Ernie Els and Camilo Villegas have new caddies this week at Kapalua.
Mike Kerr is now toting the bag for Els, who used Ricci Roberts and former NHL player Dan Quinn last year. Kerr most recently worked with Nick Dougherty on the European Tour and actually had a job lined up with Louis Oosthuizen last year. When Oosthuizen won the British Open, though, the young South African opted to stay with his caddie, Zack Rasego.
Villegas, on the other hand, needed a new caddy after Brett Waldman survived all four stages of q-school and earned his Nationwide Tour card. Villegas, who was disqualified Friday after a rules infraction in the first round resulted in him signing an incorrect scorecard, was using England’s Mick Doran this week.
Doran’s previous bosses include Lee Westwood and David Howell. He is slated to work for Villegas this week and next week in a tryout for the three-time PGA TOUR champion.
Meanwhile, Sean O’Hair has hired Brennan Little, Mike Weir’s long-time caddy, to replace Paul Tesori. And Weir has reportedly hired Pete Bender, who has worked for a who’s who of the game – Jack Nicklaus, Ian Baker-Finch, Lanny Wadkins, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd and Ian Baker-Finch, to name a few.
Mike Weir had things going in the right direction through 27 holes of the Wyndham Championship. But a string of three straight bogeys starting at the 11th hole may have sealed Weir’s fate.
The Canadian entered the Wyndham Championship 126th in the FedExCup standings. He’s 2 under for the tournament with one hole remaining and appears headed for a missed cut.
If that happens, Weir will not make the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup for the first time in his career. – Helen Ross
Moving day takes on a whole new meaning this week with plenty of guys who could be moving in -- or out -- of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup picture. Here’s a look at the players closest to getting in and what they need to do (excluding win since that guarantees nearly anyone in the field a spot).
-- This is Henrik Stenson’s first Wyndham Championship and at 133rd in the standings, he obviously needs to be here. In order to advance to next week, though, the 2009 PLAYERS champion needs to finish 13th or better, something that’s unlikely seeing as how he’s outside the top 100 on the leaderboard right now.
-- Mike Weir began his week just six points out of the final spot in the top 125 and he got off to a good start with a 67 in the first round (he’s even through four holes today). In order for Weir to make the Playoffs, he’ll need to finish 44th or better.
-- Jeff Quinney started the week one spot behind Weir, in 127th and only 22 points out of the final spot. He needs to finish 27th or better. Quinney is in good shape after opening with a 65, but he needs to start marking some birdies after playing his first five holes today in even par.
-- Jay Williamson hit all 18 greens in the opening round en route to a 65. Currently ranked 147th in the standings, Williamson will need to finish fifth or better, however, to have any chance of making the Playoffs. He’s tumbled down the board in the second round, playing his first five holes in 2 over. -- Brian Wacker
Mike Weir is making his fourth appearance in Greensboro – and his first at Sedgefield Country Club – this week. He’s got a sense of urgency, too, after entering the week ranked 126th in the FedExCup.
The Canadian, whose only top-10 of the season came in his first event, responded well on Thursday. He shot a 67 in the first round that has left him three strokes off the lead. He’s currently in a tie for 16th as the afternoon wave tees off.
With the projected cut at 1 under late in the second round, it’s apparent that Mike Weir is headed for his first missed cut at the RBC Canadian Open since 2006. Weir finished his 36 holes at 6 over and won’t be playing on the weekend
Making his 20th start in his “National Open,” Weir has now missed the cut 13 times and is still seeking his first win. Fighting tendonitis in his right arm, Weir was hoping to put on a better show in front of his countrymen.
“I wanted to play well for them,” Weir said. “So I was trying as hard as I could, you know, and I was just struggling.
“I'm at a point in my game right now that I'm struggling, and everybody goes through it at some point in their career, and you just gotta keep working and fight your way out of it. Everybody has times in their career that they struggle, and right now is just the time that I am, and I have to just keep working hard. That's all you can do.”
Weir received treatment for his arm, and he said he felt better at the end of the week than on Wednesday when he had to cut short his pro-am round. He certainly wasn’t using that as an excuse, though.
“I couldn't prepare,” he said. “You know, especially being off three weeks before the British, (Open), I just haven't had the preparation.
“But not using that as an excuse, but I'm just saying when you're off on your game, you want to work on it, and when you can't do it, that makes it a little bit harder. But I'll get home and take a few days off and rest the elbow and then get back to work.”
Weir said his next start will be at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks.
For all the low numbers being put up today -- Kevin Sutherland has already tied the course record with a 62, while Tim Herron has a shot to do so with two holes left in his round -- Brent Delahoussaye is still in the lead.
Delahoussaye is having nowhere near the type of round he did on Thursday, but his 2-under start through 13 holes has him currently two shots clear of Brock Mackenzie.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the leaderboard are a few notables in danger of missing the cut, which is currently at 1 under. Among those on the wrong side of the number: Canada’s own Graham DeLeaet, Charles Howell III, Sean O’Hair, Paul Casey and Mike Weir, who finished his two rounds in 6 over. -- Brian Wacker
Just how healthy is Mike Weir?
Canada's golfing hero didn't use the tendonitis in his right arm as the cause for his disappointing start in Thursday's first round. "Just didn't play well," he said after his opening 2-over 72.
After a rollercoaster Thursday, Weir -- seeking his first RBC Canadian Open win in his 20th start -- is even par through his first eight holes in Friday's second round (he teed off on the ninth hole) and remains at 2 over.
Weir has become a bit of a lightning rod, of sorts, in the Canadian press this week as the media debates the status of his golf game, particularly now that he's turned 40. The eight-time TOUR winner has not won since the Fry's Electronic Open in 2007.
Toronto Sun writer Ian Hutchinson, in response to a fellow Sun writer, took up Weir's cause, writing: " Weir may not be a contender each week, but it isn’t outlandish to suggest he could go beyond the eight wins that ties him for the all-time lead among Canadians that he shares with the late George Knudson. Whether he’s able to play in the 2016 Olympics, one of his stated goals, let’s talk about that in four years."
Certainly Weir has struggled this year, but let's not forget that he finished sixth at the Bob Hope Classic in January, carding a five-day total of 26 under.
To follow the rest of Weir’s second round as he seeks to move inside the cut line (currently projected at 1 under), click here.