Weir the Winner When Its His Last At-Bat

By George WhiteNovember 5, 2001, 5:00 pm
There was something eerily familiar about this thing. Is it a case of dj vu? Didnt it just happen a year ago, the same guy winning the last tournament of the year? In 2000, wasnt it the American Express tournament in Valderrama, this year the Tour Championship?
Mike Weir, it seems, only wins once a year. Oh, he plays okay the entire season, finishes second a couple of time, third once or twice. But when its time to turn out the lights, lock the doors and go to the house, he seems to remember something ' he hasnt won yet. And he bears down then and just does it, and when he wins, it always seems to be the most cash-laden one of all.
Yeah, he did it again this year. I really dont have an explanation for it, said Weir. Weir, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els and David Toms were standing there ready for the playoff, and Little Mike seemed oddly out of place in such company. And then, he did it again, just like a year ago.
In college, I never played very well in the fall at all, Weir told a bunch of media types in Houston last week. I had a tough time qualifying for our five-man team in college. I never played well in the fall.
And then it was time for professional golf. Well, he won the PGA Qualifying Tournament late in 1998 ' final tournament of the year, right? He won the Air Canada Championship in August ' not the last tournament of the year, but at least in the second half of the year. Then he jumps up and wins the American Express and the Tour Championship. The alarm goes off and he suddenly starts making birdies in his final at-bat.
Ill take them anytime I can get them. Just happened to be the four tournaments I won professionally lately have happened later in the year, he said.
It does seem strange for this Canada native. Come November back home, it was time to put the clubs in the closet and get out the ice skates. The gang already had played four or five games of ice hockey by this time. Weir had definitely switched gears by November in Canada.
Down south, though, he has made something of a reputation by following the falling temperatures and shorter days. When theres one final week to play golf, bet the farm that Mike will be the last one standing. If theres one more chance to win, Weir will be the one standing there with his hand out.
At times he feels like he is playing for the people back home, this guy from Sarnia, Ontario, who now calls Utah home.
Absolutely ' I am playing for Canada a lot of the time, and playing for myself, says Weir. But the people in Canada have been so supportive of me, and they really pull for me.
There were a bunch of Canadians out there today. Not only just Canadians out there, the fans out there were fantastic to everybody.
That seems to be a theme for Weir, the Canadian who, naturally, draws Canadians. But theres so much more to it than that. If the sun is low in the sky and the calendar says its the last tournament, Mike Weir is going to win it before sundown. Bet on it.
Mike Weir fans share their congratulations in Discussion Boards
Getty Images

Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 3:20 pm

Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.

No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.

No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.

No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.

No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.

And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.

Getty Images

Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

Getty Images

Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

Getty Images

Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.