Weir undeterred by his slow start to the 2015 PGA Tour schedule

Mike Weir has no problem admitting it — his start to the 2015 PGA season has been horrible.

The native of Bright’s Grove, Ont., has missed the cut in six of eight events and withdrew from another, leaving him with just one finish so far this season — 21st in CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur. He has slipped to No. 176 in the FedEx Cup standings with 48 points, 1,065 behind overall leader Jimmy Walker of the U.S.

It’s a bitter pill to swallow for the five-foot-nine, 155-pound left-hander, an eight-time PGA Tour champion — including the 2003 Masters — who has won nearly $28 million over his career.

“My game has not been good at all,” Weir said Tuesday during a conference call to announce the rosters for the RBC Canada Cup. “I’ve been working extremely hard and not seeing really much come out of it.

“But it’s still not deterring me, I’m going to keep working here and try to get this rectified and get back to where I feel like I should be.”

Weir, 44, has been bothered recently by inflammation in his right elbow, the same one he had surgery on in 2011 to repair a damaged tendon.

“It’s not pain it’s just really tightness and a lack of mobility from that tightness that’s bothering me and causing me some problems,” he said. “The doctor has assured me it’s not re-injured . . . I just have to get it to calm down a little bit.”

Weir had planned to hit some practice balls Tuesday in Palm Beach Fla. — the site of the US$6.1-million Honda Classic starting Thursday — then maybe play nine holes to see how the elbow reacted to the increased workload.

“I played four, five weeks in a row and (practised) hard,” Weir said. “I haven’t touched a club here in the last three days and had therapy on it.

“It does feel better so I’m going to kind of pace myself.”

He’s hoping he’ll be in better form by the summer when he’ll square off against a familiar foe in the Canada Cup.

Veteran Fred Couples will lead Team World against Canada on July 6 at Ashburn Golf Club in Halifax. The world squad won last year’s inaugural event, earning 5.5 of a possible six points against a Canadian contingent that included Weir, Graham DeLaet of Weyburn Sask., and David Hearn of Brantford, Ont.

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