August 19 2011
Mike Weir, the eight-time PGA TOUR winner who has battled elbow problems for the last year, will miss the next 3-6 months after undergoing surgery on his right elbow Thursday.
The news was posted on Weir’s official website.
Weir was forced to withdraw from this year’s RBC Canadian Open during the second round because of the recurring problem that was diagnosed last year as a partial ligament tear in his right elbow. The surgery on Thursday was to repair the extensor tendon in his elbow and was performed in Pensacola, Fla. by sports orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
Doctors expect a full recovery.
“My elbow has caused me problems over the past year and during the RBC Canadian Open it essentially became unplayable," Weir said in a 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."
The 41-year-old Weir was playing on a medical exemption and sponsor's exemptions this year and made just two cuts in 15 starts. He tied for 77th at the Farmers Insurance Open in January and tied for 70th at the AT&T National in July.
Weir’s last TOUR win came at the 2007 Fry’s Electronics Open.