Lee Westwood might be leading after the first round of the Masters, but Thursday was also a very special day for Sarnia, Ontario’s Mike Weir.
Weir, the 2003 Masters Champion, who qualified for the tournament because he was a prior winner, shot an even par 72 in what was by far his best round of golf this season.
Weir, who has been battling elbow issues the last two years, finally had reconstructive surgery on the tendon in his right elbow this past November from world famous physician Dr. James Andrews.
So far this season it has been a struggle for Weir as he has been +40 during a handful of tournaments on the PGA Tour this season. While golfers such as Westwood, Ben Crane, and Jason Dufner will be battling for the lead, Weir’s goal this week should be a) to make the cut and b) to get out of the weekend as healthy as possible.
Another interesting story for Weir this year is that he plans on playing more in Europe. He has already played in Spain, and plans on playing in Germany, France and Ireland later in the year as well.
Canadian golf fans need Mike Weir because he is a great ambassador for the game, and it is great to see he is on the road to recovery!