Weir says his body finally feels good again
With no status on the PGA Tour this year, Mike Weir spent Wednesday at a place filled with good memories — Augusta National Golf Club.
The 2003 Masters champion tried to qualify Monday for this week’s Honda Classic in Florida but missed by five shots. He also tried last Monday to qualify for the PGA Tour’s Genesis Open in Los Angeles. Again, he missed by five.
He headed to the storied layout in Augusta, Ga., for the first time in 2017 on Wednesday morning.
“Every time I get there, I love that place,” Weir said Tuesday night. “It’s always really special.”
Having used both exemptions available to him because of his place on the all-time money list — the 46-year-old currently sits 32nd with almost $28 million in career winnings — Weir is left with few options to try to get into PGA Tour fields.
As a Masters champion, however, he receives a lifetime exemption into that tournament in April and can play the legendary course as often as he wants.
“I don’t have any status to play so in order to stay sharp I have to try to qualify,” said Weir. “Going to Augusta to play some rounds and get ready for that event that I know I’m in will be good.”
Unlike in years past when Weir has been battling injuries, the native of Brights Grove, Ont., said he’s feeling healthy now. It’s living in the cold climate of Utah that has been tough on his preparation, he said.
“Everything feels good, I haven’t had any setbacks. I just haven’t played a whole lot,” he said. “I’ve tried some of these Monday qualifiers coming out of the cold in Utah, only hitting balls indoors. I haven’t had a lot of work except for indoor work, really. My body feels good right now though.”
He is a two-time champion of the Genesis Open but his request for a sponsor’s exemption into that tournament was declined, which is why he tried qualifying instead.