World News – CA – Mike Weir finishes second in Battle of Lefties – TSNCalifornia


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By Bob Weeks

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It had been a while since Mike Weir had been in the lead as we approached the final, but like riding a bike, it all felt familiar to me, although it didn’t result in a win

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Weir took a three-stroke lead in the final round of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, but finished second after wrestling with fellow left Phil Mickelson It was only the third time the lefties have finished first and second in a PGA Tour sanctioned event

« I haven’t been in this position for a while, » said the Brights Grove, Ont., produced, « but I felt very confident I gave a bad tee shot on No 7 Other than that I played really well and just didn’t get anything out of it »

Weir admitted his putter had gotten cold in the last 18 holes The longest putt he made all day was eight feet and he has three putts three times

Playing 36 holes Saturday after Friday rain, Canadian shooting rounds of 68 and 63, the latter after a performance of nine birds without a bogey

Mickelson, who won for the second time in two starts on the PGA Tour Champions, clocked eight birdies against a single bogey This one error occurred on the ninth hole when he hit his tee shot out of bounds

For most of the day he took advantage of his length, hitting long sweeping tee shots that overtook most of Weir’s runs. He hit the middle of the irons in the par-5s and led the green to the par-4 14th

Mickelson was using a new driver he hopes to play when he reaches the Masters in a few weeks and said the new club was a success in their first race

« It’s a huge, big advantage when you carry the ball this far, » Weir admitted of Mickelson’s distance. « I kind of knew that this week »

The battle with Mickelson was another episode in a long history between the two left-handers who first hit their heads during their college days When Weir won his Masters in 2003, Mickelson finished third , two shots back A year later, Mickelson won his first Masters title and Weir slipped the green jacket on him

Weir’s performance marks another milestone in eighth PGA Tour winner’s return to form Since injuring his elbow after hitting a root at the 2011 RBC Heritage, Weir has struggled with his game He missed the cup in 62 starts from 2012 to 2016, but continued to struggle to find a way to swing Perseverance and hard work paid off as his swing slowly returned to form, his game evidenced by this week

« I am very happy with my game » said Weir « I am happy with the way I drive it »

Weir’s finish was his best since his runner-up at the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2014 He raised $ 176,000 for his efforts He was looking to join Dave Barr, Stephen Ames and Rod Spittle as Canadians to win on the champions of the PGA Tour

Mike Weir, Champions Tour, PGA Champions Tour

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