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The Tour Report

July 23 2010

12:05 PM

Can Weir make the cut?

Just how healthy is Mike Weir?

Canada's golfing hero didn't use the tendonitis in his right arm as the cause for his disappointing start in Thursday's first round. "Just didn't play well," he said after his opening 2-over 72.

After a rollercoaster Thursday, Weir -- seeking his first RBC Canadian Open win in his 20th start -- is even par through his first eight holes in Friday's second round (he teed off on the ninth hole) and remains at 2 over.

Weir has become a bit of a lightning rod, of sorts, in the Canadian press this week as the media debates the status of his golf game, particularly now that he's turned 40. The eight-time TOUR winner has not won since the Fry's Electronic Open in 2007.

Toronto Sun writer Ian Hutchinson, in response to a fellow Sun writer, took up Weir's cause, writing: " Weir may not be a contender each week, but it isn’t outlandish to suggest he could go beyond the eight wins that ties him for the all-time lead among Canadians that he shares with the late George Knudson. Whether he’s able to play in the 2016 Olympics, one of his stated goals, let’s talk about that in four years."

Certainly Weir has struggled this year, but let's not forget that he finished sixth at the Bob Hope Classic in January, carding a five-day total of 26 under.

To follow the rest of Weir’s second round as he seeks to move inside the cut line (currently projected at 1 under), click here.