By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
IRVING, Texas -- It has been nearly three years, but Mike Weir finally posted consecutive rounds in the 60s in the same PGA TOUR event.
Weir, the 2003 Masters champ who has struggled with his game and health issues in recent years, shot his second consecutive 2-under 68 on Friday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
That leaves him at 4 under for the tournament. While the twin 68s may not seem like much compared to all the other low scores being shot at the TPC Four Seasons Resort, for Weir, the two rounds are certainly another indication that he's on the upswing.
Not since the 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial has Weir put together at least two rounds of 60s in the same week. All four of his rounds at Colonial that week were in the 60s as he shot 9 under to tie for 33rd.
He hasn't had a better result since that time. He tore a ligament in his right elbow later that year, was sidelined for a half-year and has fought to get back into competitive shape since that time.
For the next 2-1/2 years, shooting even one round in the 60s had been difficult for Weir. In the 79 rounds after the 2010 Colonial to the end of the 2012 season, Weir shot in the 60s just four times.
Including his first two rounds at the HP Byron Nelson this week, eight of his 32 rounds this year have been in the 60s. That also includes two rounds at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am when he finished tied for 50th.
On Friday, he walked off the course tied for 15th. If he maintains that position the rest of the week, it would be Weir's best result since finishing sixth in the 2010 Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
WEIR SINCE THE 2010 CROWNE PLAZA INVITATIONAL AT COLONIAL
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*Does not include this week's HP Byron Nelson Championship