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July 22 2011

5:13 PM

Weir withdraws with elbow injury

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Mike Weir reacts after hitting his tee shot on the seventh hole Friday. He withdrew with an elbow injury.

Canada’s best-known golfer, Mike Weir, withdrew after six holes in Friday’s second round due to re-aggravating an injury to his right elbow by hitting out of the rough.

Weir had birdied his second hole on Friday, but then bogeyed the third hole, and double bogeyed the next two holes, leaving him at 5 over on his round and 8 over for the tournament.

After making par at the sixth hole, he then hit his tee shot on the seventh hole before withdrawing. He and his caddie were taken back to the clubhouse in a cart.

"It's very disappointing," he told reporters after withdrawing. "This is our national championship. I want to play and have great fan support. But I'm just not going to re-injure (the elbow) again."

The decision to withdraw was made in part as a precautionary measure to prevent further injury.

“I’ll probably get another MRI and check it and see what’s going on,” Weir said. “But definitely precautionary right now, and hopefully it’s not worse than that.”

Weir, who shot a 74 in Thursday's first round, hurt himself in the deep rough at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club. He said he felt soreness during Thursday’s round, especially after a shot out of the rough on the ninth hole.

He said he woke up Friday morning and “knew I was in a little bit of trouble.”

"I thought I could play through it," he said. "(I) had a couple of shots in the rough this morning. And I just don't want to go down that road again where it becomes a bad injury again. It's very tender, very sore right now. With this deep rough, I just can't hit it."

Weir has struggled this season, making just 2 cuts in 14 starts, with finishes of T-70 and T-77. He was plagued by elbow problems last year – doctors would eventually diagnosis it as a partial ligament tear in his right elbow. Weir said earlier this week that the elbow injury led to him developing “bad habits” with his golf swing.

Weir said Friday he couldn't open a water bottle because of the pain.

"I tried to play through it a little bit last year and ended up being off for three or four months because I did that," he said. "I'm not going to do something stupid like that again. I want to get it right 100 percent before I get back."

Weir also had to withdraw earlier this year at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com. He played nine holes then withdrew with an injury to his left wrist.

Weir began this season playing on a Major Medical Extension but failed to make enough money in five starts to maintain his fully exempt status on TOUR.

The past Masters champion has never won his country’s national championship in 21 starts, although he did finish second to Vijay Singh in 2004 after losing in a playoff.

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