Mike Weir has played consistently good golf throughout the season. He won the Bob Hope, the Nissan Open and at Augusta. Four times he has finished in the third position. But at Oak Hill, he knows he will have to hit it straight ' at all costs.
The main thing is to get the ball in the fairway off the tee, Weir says. Whatever it takes ' 3-wood or driver or sometimes long irons ' thats first and foremost.
Thats the main thing ' if you can get it in the fairway, youll probably be all right.
Its already been a very long year for Weir. The win at the Hope and Nissan was back in February. He has played in 15 events, and he is looking at a very busy off-season as the Masters champion. He may not be able to take all the time off that he has been accustomed to having.
I'm used to taking a nice break in November and December and maybe early January, or at least last year I really enjoyed that, he said. This year, it's not going to be possible, really. So it is going to be a long year.
That's why I tried to spread it out a little bit more and not play so much because I know the end of the year is going to be pretty busy with the events you mentioned and the World Golf Championships events and this event here. So I got a pretty busy end of the season here.
It is the short game that has been Weirs bread-and-butter. He worked on it in the offseason, and the results have been eye-popping. Thats the biggest difference, he says.
He still hasnt gotten his game to where it was at the first of the year when he was winning those three tournaments. But if this week is like the U.S. Open, he will be all right.
I'm not quite on top of my game yet, he said. A lot of tournaments I've kind of built myself into the week. The U.S. Open was a prime example where I didn't feel that good in my practice rounds and it got a little bit better Thursday, Friday through Sunday and hopefully that will be the case this week, too.