By David McPherson, Special to PGATOUR.COM
OAKVILLE, Ontario -- Mike Weir finally gave the hometown crowd something to cheer about.
The Canadian carded a 5-under 67 to jump up the leaderboard at the RBC Canadian Open, where he's 4 under entering the weekend.
“It was one of those rounds that could have really been anything,” he said. “I could have been 10 under pretty easily. I played great and it was exciting to do that for the fans. Yesterday was so dull, one birdie and nothing happening at all, so it was great to feel that kind of support out there and give them something to cheer about.”
Teeing off on No. 10, Weir played his first nine holes in 4 under. He went on to hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation with his only hiccups being three bogeys sandwiched around a birdie to close out his round.
“Today was as good as I’ve felt all year,” said the 2003 Masters champion. “I’m having fun doing this again and I still love the game. I enjoyed myself out there today, especially the interaction with the crowd … it’s been a while.”
Going off in the morning helped but it was a change in putters that was the biggest key.
“The one I used today has a little softer insert,” Weir said. “I guess that putter doesn’t have a line on it, and the line was just kind of a distraction yesterday to me. I felt like I needed a change, and it was a good change.”
Looking ahead to the weekend, Weir says he’s going to keep firing at the flagsticks.
“I’m definitely going to be aggressive,” he said. “That’s my mentality.”