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February 10 2011

8:45 PM

Weir starts strong again

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

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