Despite a stellar 67 in the first round of last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, Mike Weir hasn’t exactly been lighting it up in the weeks leading up to the Masters.
Weir tied for 26th at the Honda Classic and Doral before following up with a T40 at Bay Hill to finish off the Florida swing, before returning home to Utah to work on his game.
“My season so far has been a bit of a mixed bag. There’s been some good play in there – it’s just not the consistent play I’ve been looking for,” said Weir, whose best finish so far is a sixth at the Bob Hope Classic in January.
“At the same time, I feel confident with my game. I’ve never really taken a whole lot of stock in Florida because I’ve never played great there except for a couple of events here and there,” he said.
It’s been seven years since Weir slipped the green jacket over his shoulders and the 2010 Masters promises to be an interesting one, especially in the early going, with the return of Tiger Woods.
Weir’s name has been mentioned as a possibility to play with Woods and while Canadians will recall the showdown between the two in the Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal nearly three years ago, this pairing, if it happened, would place more demands on Weir, especially off the course.
“Should it happen, I guess it’s something I’d be prepared to deal with. Obviously, I’d have to answer questions about Tiger and how he looks and how his game looks and everything else,” said Weir.
“It’s another added thing that, playing in a major championship, you don’t want to have to think about, but if it happens, it happens. We’ll wait and see. I’d probably rather not have that happen in a major championship,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t mind the experience once he got inside the ropes.
“I think it’s just being patient enough to answer the questions after the round, before the round because it’s probably not going to be questions about you. It’s probably going to be about (Woods),” said Weir.
“On the other hand, I’ve always enjoyed playing with Tiger, so once we got on the golf course, it would be great. I love playing with the guy, He’s a great competitor and you want to play with the best and you want to compete against the best. I would look forward to that challenge for sure.”
Weir expects to arrive at Augusta on Sunday and play that afternoon, followed by nine holes on Monday, 18 on Tuesday and nine on Wednesday, along with the traditional family par three competition.
“That’s going to give me plenty of opportunity to see the golf course. In year’s past, I’ve gone in the week before and played, but the golf course is so different,” said Weir.
“It’s nice to go play, but it’s so different than tournament week, so I haven’t thought of it as a great benefit to play a lot of rounds before, just because the course is so different once the tournament starts.
GMIC Joins Forces With Laurier
The Golf Management Institute of Canada has teamed up with Wilfrid Laurier University’s Continuing Studies department to offer an online program in golf operations management.
After completing the program, students will receive a Graduate Studies Diploma in Golf Operations Management from the GMIC and a Certificate of Completion in Golf Operations from Laurier.
“This is the first golf management program of any kind to be delivered in partnership with a Canadian university,” said GMIC president Grant Fraser.
“Laurier’s reputation as one of Canada’s leading universities will allow us to continue expanding our program in golf operations management around the world.”
“This collaboration will allow GMIC students to engage in the Laurier experience, while adding to the diversity of continuing studies program opportunities for the Laurier community,” added Lisa Fanjoy, manager of Laurier’s Continuing Studies progam.
Business Notes: Canadian PGA member Tony Evershed has launched a new website at www.ontariogolfcoursesales.com. The site will offer detailed listings of available golf courses, articles regarding golf course transactions and information for golf courses sellers in a PDF format … Golf Trends Inc., based in Mississauga, Ont., will handle Canadian sales of the Dawgs Golf footwear line … G&G Golf, based in Vancouver, will distribute ruletwentyone in Canada. The eco-friendly ball washer that fits in a pocket features eco-friendly bamboo terry that stays wet throughout the round, while the waterproof exterior keeps pockets dry … The Ontario PGA and Ash City have entered into a multi-year deal in which Ash City will become a distributor of association brand clothing. Ash City will also become the new title sponsor of the Ontario PGA Women’s and Mixed Championships, while maintaining its sponsorship of the Elite Apprentice Championship.