Weir Stays in Contention


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Mike Weir likes to come from off the pace.
'Maybe I'm like Seabiscuit,' he said, referring to the great stretch-running horse whose story is a big hit in theaters this summer.
'Have you seen that movie, where he gets out in front and backs up a little bit so he can stare them in the eye?' Weir said.
Weir was steady, not spectacular Saturday at the PGA Championship and that could be really be bad news for the only players above him on the leaderboard.
The left-hander from Canada has six PGA Tour victories and all of them, including the Masters in April, have seen him come from behind in the final round to win.
That is far from good news for PGA Championship co-leaders Shaun Micheel and Chad Campbell, whose 4-under 206 totals after three rounds at Oak Hill Country Club were three shots better than Weir.
'For whatever reason, I seem to do better from behind and catching up. And that's the position I'm in again,' he said. 'So we'll see what happens tomorrow, if I can do it again.'
The last time Weir did it was the Masters when he forced a playoff by making a six-footer for par on the 72nd hole and then beat Len Mattiace on the first playoff hole.
It was a 30-foot par save on the par-4 fifth that highlighted his round Saturday.
'That was a big momentum saver at the time,' he said.
He missed a 12-footer for par on No. 17 after driving into the rough and then parred 18 to cap the 70 that left him one of three players under par for the tournament, the same situation he was in entering the third round.
Ernie Els, who had a 70 and was at 211, and Vijay Singh, who had a 70 and was at 212, were the only players besides Weir in the top 10 with a major title.
'If you're a little bit off with your game, this course is really going to bite you and maybe the other guys that are not near the lead this week were a little off their game,' Weir said. 'You just can't be off here. If you're not driving it well, you're going to struggle.'
Campbell is playing in his second PGA Championship, and Micheel in his first. Neither has won a tour event.
'I think they are playing well and they will handle it fine,' Weir said of the co-leaders' wait for the final round. 'There's a lot that goes into tonight when they are sleeping and trying to get ready and it's a long day until you tee off tomorrow. It's a long wait.'
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