Apparently, Mike Weir ingratiated himself with certain members of the media with his second place finish at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May, which you can read about here.
Weir, who also had a pretty solid Masters with the exception of one round earlier this year, is at Royal Montreal this week preparing for the RBC Canadian Open.
Noting that Pat Fletcher was the last Canadian to win the national championship 60 years ago and that several top stars aren’t in Montreal, Toronto Sun columnist Steve Buffery wrote, “there’s a decent chance that three Canadians in particular — Weir, DeLaet and Brantford native David Hearn — could finally break through and win their national championship.”
Buffery had more to say about Weir, who played so well at Royal Montreal at the 2007 Presidents Cup, which included his remarkable singles win over Tiger Woods.
“Though he’s 44 and hasn’t won since 2007 — and some members of the media have written him off — Royal Montreal holds a special place in his heart and he loves the traditional-style course,” wrote Buffery here.
Wait a minute, “some” members of the media wrote Weir off?
The most notable of the media to write Weir off during his well-documented struggles of the past few seasons was the guy who four years ago, when the Open was at Toronto’s St. George’s Golf and Country Club, wrote this column that was led to by a screaming front page headline that suggested Weir was washed up.
That columnist’s name was Steve Buffery, the same one now writing that “some” members of the media had written Weir off.
Buffery, or “Beezer” as he’s known, is correct in his belief that the “washed up” headline made his column seem worse than it was, but he did say in that article that the “the party is close to being over, if it isn’t already,” for Weir.
That was four years ago and now Beezer’s still talking about Weir at the Canadian Open.
I responded to that first column with one of my own that outlined how I had questioned Weir being named to the Presidents Cup team when he was going through some struggles in 2007 and look what he did there.
Beez took a lot of heat for that original column about Weir and his response was that he was the only guy who would say it.
Nobody was defending Weir. He didn’t need anybody sticking up for him.
The fact was that Beezer, despite what he thought, wasn’t the only one who had written about Weir’s struggles at the time and those he’s experienced since then, but the belief was that he’d earned the right to battle through them using whatever means he had to stay on tour.
That made us “Weir-dos,” according to a headline on another column Buffery wrote a few months later, in which he verbally strutted his stuff, zeroed in on me and declared himself correct all along.
“Clearly it’s all over,” he wrote in this column.
Clearly, it’s not because it’s over three years since he wrote that column and he’s declaring Weir to have a “decent chance” of winning come Sunday.
It’s still not an easy road ahead for Weir, to be sure, but as he proved at the Byron Nelson, there’s still some magic left and who knows when he’ll wave the wand and it will work. Other than a major, there wouldn’t be a better time than this week.
The thing that Weir had going for him through all the tough times was his steel determination, which he carries into this week, despite the Weir-dos who wrote him off in the media.
A Worried Workplace In Golf
There’s a lot of uncertainty in the Canadian golf industry these days, according to this week’s GNN Poll, which as of this writing indicated that only 29 per cent of respondents would describe their job security these days as solid. Shaky was the word used by 38 per cent about their job security, while 25 per cent said day-by-day. Eight per cent were out of a job. There’s still lots of time to cast your vote on the GNN home page … The recently-announced partnership between the NGA and Great Lakes Tour has opened the field for this week’s Southern Ontario Open to all players, instead of just Ontario residents. Players from as far away as Colombia and Australia will be in the field when that event takes place beginning on Thursday at Hidden Lakes in Burlington, Ont. For information and pairings, click here.
RBC Canadian Open Notes
Top 10 finishers from the British Open in this week’s RBC Canadian Open field at Royal Montreal include Jim Furyk (fourth), Charl Schwartzel (T7) and Graeme McDowell (T9) … Past champions in this year’s field include Brandt Snedeker (2013), Scott Piercy (2012), Sean O’Hair (2011), Carl Pettersson (2010), Nathan Green (2009), Furyk (2006-2007), Mark Calcavecchia (2005), Vijay Singh (2004), John Rollins (2002) and Dudley Hart (1996) … Hunter Mahan is back after taking the lead, then withdrawing midway through last year’s event at Glen Abbey when his wife went into labour. The Mahans welcomed a baby girl, Zoe, before Sunday’s final round … When Furyk won in 2006 and 2007, he became the first player since Sam Snead in 1940-41 to successfully defend a Canadian Open title.