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The Tour Report

July 20 2011

6:28 PM

Weir hopes to regain form at home

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Mike Weir hopes to deliver a victory to his homeland in his 21st RBC Canadian Open start.
By Zak Kozuchowski, PGATOUR.COM If confidence was based only on results, Mike Weir would have nothing to feel confident about. This year, the 2003 Masters champion ranks near the bottom of the TOUR in nearly every ball striking statistic. He also suffered a right elbow injury last year that required surgury, which kept him sidelined for three months. Yet the Ontario native is positive leading into his 21st start in the RBC Candadian Open, and said he's more focused on his game than ever as he hopes to regain the form that earned him eight PGA TOUR victories. "I have a glimmer of hope if I can find the fairway a few more times than I have been," Weir said. Weir made a much-publisized switch to instructors Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer, creators of the "Stack and Tilt" swing, in 2006, but then parted ways with the duo in 2009 in favor of his long-time swing coach Mike Wilson. He returns to the Canadian Open this year feeling healthy, and again under the tutelage of Plummer and Bennett. This time around, he said he's he's trying to keep it simpler. "I think you lose the feel when you're really technique bound and simply concentrating on technique all the time," Weir said. "That's with any teacher, Mike and Andy or whoever. You've got to kind of break it down and use the one or two little nuggets that you get from whoever is teaching you, then go play with it. So I think to my own fault maybe last time I was with those guys, I tried to gather too much information and tried to understand it all the way and make it perfect. And now I'm not trying to be perfect. I just want it to be manageable so I can just go play." Weir has missed the cut in 11 of the 13 events he's played in this year. His best finish came three weeks ago at the AT&T National, where he tied for 70th with rounds of 71-70-73-74.