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February Update

Thanks to all my fans out there for your inquiries and concern today. I’ve been working on my game and training hard lately, and I felt some tenderness in my elbow over the last two days of competition.

My team and I decided it was best to lay off and get it checked out now to prevent injury. I’ll be working with my team to ensure I do all the right things to get back in the action very soon.

Thanks for your continued support,
Mike

Year End – Update

As I write this, the golf season has finally ended and it’s now time to enjoy Christmas with my family. It’s also a good time to look back and remember what an interesting and exciting year it was, and also to prepare for the coming season.

First up, my last event of the year was the Franklin Templeton Shootout a.k.a. the Shark Shootout where I partnered up with my good friend Retief Goosen. We certainly didn’t play our best but we had a great time. We’ve played together in the past in Presidents Cups but this time, it was almost a comedy of errors, especially in the alternate shot. We couldn’t buy a putt – he’d hit one to six feet and I’d miss. I’d hit one to eight feet and he’d miss. All we could do was laugh and shake our heads.No matter the score, playing in that event is always a great privilege and it’s a fun way to end the year.

Before the calendar changes, however, I’m already working towards the new season. One big step was to get new gear. The folks at TaylorMade built me a new set of irons, which I’ll put into play in January. They are essentially the same as my last ones with some updated technology and I’m thrilled with how they feel. I’ve also made the switch to the TaylorMade 430 R15 driver, which I’m loving. It’s really helping me get the spin I need off the clubface for distance and control.

Right now, my plan is to start my season on the West Coast and play almost all the events there. I want to try and get into the flow of week to week. It’s also easy for me to play and get home Sunday night which means more time at home. That’s something I can’t do once we shift to Florida.

I’m going to be spending the first few weeks in 2015 training hard and preparing my body so I don’t have any injuries – I’ve already been hard at work at it and my trainer has put together a solid plan for me. Last year I had some nagging injuries that flared up and I found that not only did it affect that particular week, but also the next one as I tried to recover while playing. I want to avoid that this time out and play healthy week-in and week-out although I realize that I’m not a kid any more.

Of course I have also been working on my game and trying to build on the good stuff that happened last year and the work I did earlier with Martin Ayers. I haven’t actually seen Martin for a while now and that’s by design. Together we built a good plan and I’ve been working on that primarily on my own. I’m excited about the progress I’m making and I think I’m more enthused about this coming year than I have been for any in the last little while.

Off the course, this was also an exciting year. I’m particularly proud of the retail store we opened for my winery in the Niagara region. Calling it a retail store doesn’t really do it justice. It’s a wonderful centre where you can come and taste test our award-winning wines and also see some official Weir memorabilia. There are lots of my trophies, clubs and other items from my career and so if you like golf and wine, this is the perfect place to come and visit. We’ll continue to add more to the experience in the coming years. We’ve already done a number of events there from receptions to food truck tastings to weddings and are hoping to do more next year. So I’m inviting all my fans to come and visit us if you’re in the area.

With so many wonderful things going on in my life, I’m extremely thankful to the folks who have helped make it happen – my sponsors. So a very big thank-you to Thomson-Reuters, TaylorMade, RBC, Bayer, Booster Juice and Titleist. I couldn’t do it all without your help and partnerships.

For the next few weeks, it’s going to be family time at the Weir household. When you’re on the road as much as I am, every day you can spend with your family is cherished. So we’ll do some skiing and get ready for Christmas and enjoy the time together.

I hope that you’ll be able to do the same with your family. And, at this special time of the year, I also encourage you to help out those who aren’t as fortunate. Make a donation to a food bank, invite someone who is alone into your home, give to the charity of your choice or help out an elderly neighbour.

I can’t thank you enough for all your support over the past year. It means a great deal to me and I know it will help me in 2015.

Thanks – Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and yours.
Mike

October-Update

It’s been a busy few weeks since my last blog post. The 2014-2015 PGA TOUR season kicked off at the Frys.com Open in Napa, I went on a golf trip with family and friends, hosted the annual Miracle Golf Drive for Kids, announced a new partnership with Bayer (Aleve) and spent time with my wife and daughters.

Opening the season at the Frys.com Open two weeks ago I was happy with my overall performance. Recently, I’ve started working with a new coach – Martin Ayers, who has been a great addition and asset to the growth of my game. In order to put myself in the best physical and mental position to compete, Martin and I agreed that it would be good to take a few weeks off and get dialed in before heading back out on tour.

Martin is a wonderful guy with a sharp eye. We are really focusing on making things simple where I can self-correct errors and play with more confidence. It’s amazing how so much of the golf swing comes back to basic fundamentals – things like alignment and aiming properly. Martin has given me a few drills to improve these fundamentals and I’ve been doing them on my own back home.

My next start on the PGA TOUR will be at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia from October 28th to November 2nd. The CIMB Classis is a big event with a great field, so I was thrilled when I received a spot. I’ve played in Asia throughout my career, even when I was first starting out as a professional. One of the best perks about being a golfer is the ability to travel the world and experience new countries and cultures. That’s something that never gets old. The rest of my fall schedule will depend on how I feel after the CIMB Classic. I may play a few more events or continue working with Martin until the New Year.

Prior to the start of the new season, I went to Bandon Dunes with my brothers, father and a few friends. It was the perfect guys’ golf trip. We played a lot of golf and had a lot of laughs. The courses there are spectacular and the entire operation is world-class. The best part about Bandon Dunes is that the courses are suitable to all levels of play which is hard to come by these days. It was great that everyone who came enjoyed the courses at the same level, it was just a matter of playing the right tees.

In September, I was thrilled to once again host the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids. This year the event was held at the Edmonton Country Club where all the staff and volunteers put on remarkable show.

The event had a Caddyshack theme where everyone came dressed in their best outfits from the iconic golf movie. I really had fun with my outfit and even created my own Al Czervik golf bag, complete with TV, draft tap and telephone!

Everyone had a ton of fun over the two days and best of all, we raised about $700,000 that will help the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Thanks again to everyone in Edmonton for the great time!

Also, this past week I was in Toronto to officially announce my newest partnership. I’m proud to be working with Aleve and the Arthritis Society.

As many of you may know, after accidentally hitting a tree root a few years ago and undergoing subsequent surgery, I developed a little arthritis in my elbow. To be able to play golf pain-free, I’ve had to learn how to manage the discomfort and found that Aleve did a great job reducing the swelling and inflammation. I can take one Aleve in the morning and be good for the day. Having an Aleve bottle in my golf bag is a must.

I’ve also come to learn that there are several other Canadians who are affected by Arthritis. In fact, 4.6 million Canadians suffer with the joint disorder. I am fortune that I only have a mild case of Arthritis, but there are so many Canadians who are greatly impacted. My Mother suffers with Arthritis and I have seen first-hand the limitations it puts on her, forcing her to miss out on doing the things she loves such as gardening due to the pain.

I’m really looking forward to working with both these groups and helping bring awareness to Arthritis and how there are ways to treat the disorder.

As always, thanks for your support.
Mike

September – Update

Since my last start at the Wyndham Championship, I’ve had some time to relax, recuperate and also start building towards next year. That doesn’t mean I’ve just been loafing around; in fact, I’ve been staying busy with lots of different projects.

One of the biggest and most important project is my annual Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids, which will be held Sept. 14-15 in Edmonton at the Edmonton Country Club. This year’s event looks as if it could be the biggest ever. There’s a junior tournament, I’ll put on a clinic ahead of the main tournament and then a big bash that night at Fort Edmonton Park in the Hanger where the theme will be Caddyshack. If you’re in the area, please get involved as it will be a fun way to raise money to help the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

And in case you didn’t know it yet, one thing I have done over this break is finally sign on to Twitter. I’ve had a lot of people ask me when I was going to do it and a few people even joke that I’d never join, but I’m on there now — @MikeWeir – and you can follow me. I’m still getting used to it but so far, I’m enjoying it as a way to connect with fans and Canadian golf enthusiasts. My first post was also my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which was a fun way to raise money for a wonderful cause. You can look back and see how we did it here….

I’ve also begun a new partnership with Aleve, which as most people know is a pain relief medicine is perfect fit for me as I know when I start to feel the pain from a long day of work on the course or when I’m lugging suitcases through airports, I can take this and it really takes the edge off those sore muscles. I’m looking forward to working with the folks at Aleve and letting Canadians know about the benefits of this product – whether they get their aches and pains from golf, hockey, gardening or another activity.

When it comes to golf, I recently spent some time working with Martin Ayers, a fine Australian teacher. I worked with him over a couple of days and we spent about 90 per cent of that on the fundamentals – setup and alignment primarily. I really like Martin’s approach to the game – it’s very straightforward, less technical and basic. We worked on getting me into a better setup position and also on aiming better. Those seem like such simple things, but if you’re not aiming correctly, then it doesn’t matter how well you hit the ball. I feel that the work we’re doing is really allowing me to be me again. I think our partnership will be fairly straightforward, where I’ll check in once in a while rather than him being out on tour week to week with me. But I’m excited about what we’ve worked on so far.

Once again, I’ll be playing most of the Fall schedule on the PGA Tour. I think it’s a great way to get a jump on the year and hopefully put in some good performances before the end of the calendar year. The events are also in some good spots – Las Vegas, Napa, Sea Island. It’s not that tough to visit those spots! Right now, I’m probably going to play most of what I can get into. I’m also hoping to get into the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

This has also been a time to spend with family, going to my daughters’ soccer games and spending some time with Bricia. When you’re on the road as much as I am, these days are precious.

I’m also going on a trip up to Bandon Dunes with my brothers and father. I’ve never been there so I’m looking forward to seeing the courses and having a few laughs along the way.

It’s been a fun year and as we get into fall, I’m excited to get back to playing on the PGA Tour. And, of course, I’m happy for the continued support you’ve shown me. It means a lot.

Mike

RBC Canadian Open Final Round

I wrapped up the RBC Canadian Open with a good round today from a ball-striking standpoint. I really felt that I hit the ball well but I just couldn’t get anything to go in with the putter. I think it really could have been a good round if that putter had warmed up at all for me.

That sort of sums up my week, too. I just couldn’t get everything to work together, to fire on all cylinders if you will. I think the pieces are there but I haven’t been able to get into a rhythm.

Having said that, this was still a wonderful week. It’s always special to come back to Canada and play in this event. This was my 24th start and I can go back even further than that with this tournament, coming to watch it as a kid. I remember going to the junior clinic they used to put on and watching Andy Bean and Tom Kite hit golf balls.

This week I saw a lot of old friends and made many new ones. It’s such a good week for that. Royal Montreal was in great shape and I truly enjoyed playing the course. Of course it brought back a lot of good memories for me from the Presidents Cup.

I was really excited to see the great finishes by so many of the Canadians. Top 10s for Graham and Brad is wonderful and it was especially nice to see how Taylor Pendrith played. He was very impressive out there and I hope he and all the other younger Canadians who played can take the experience of teeing it up in the Open and use it to help them in future years.

And final, the fans here were amazing. As I walked up my final hole today, there was a wonderful reception from the gallery and that never gets old, first time or 24th.

I’ll head from here to play the event in Reno this week and hope that I can get things straightened out. I know I’m not far off from playing some really good golf.

As always, thanks for your support.
Mike

RBC Canadian Open Round 3

Saturday’s round was more of the same, unfortunately. I just couldn’t seem to get in a groove and keep my game going.

I really don’t feel that I’m playing that poorly right now, but there is definitely some inconsistency. I seem to hit good shots or have good holes but I can’t sustain it. I’ll need to find some consistency if I want to post a good score on Sunday.

There were some good opportunities today. I started off with a three-putt on the par-3 fifth but made that up with a birdie on the eighth after I hit a great fairway bunker shot and then made a good putt.

I had a couple more bogeys on the back nine along with one birdie to wrap up my day. There were some opportunities and even if I saw one or two putts go in, it would turn an average round into a good one.

In situations like these, there isn’t really much you can do except what Byron Nelson said – just dig it out of the dirt. I just need to keep working and that’s what I did after my round on Saturday. I don’t feel I’m far off from a good round but I need to sharpen up everything just a little bit. The good thing about the PGA Tour is that there’s always the next round or the next tournament.

I’d love to be able to put a good one on the board on Sunday just as a way of thanking everyone in Montreal for the tremendous support. The crowds have been supporting me every step of the way. I got a very nice ovation on the 18th today and those things mean a lot, especially when you are fighting your game.

So weather permitting, I’ll get out there and give it my best. That’s what we Canadians do in the RBC Canadian Open.

Thanks for your support.
Mike

RBC Canadian Open Round 2

Today wasn’t my best day on the course. The final score actually wasn’t too bad but I just didn’t feel great out there. It was a struggle to get the ball in the hole all day.

I didn’t seem to have much energy in the round. Still, if some putts had gone in, I think I could have been a few shots better. That’s golf, isn’t it?

When I left the course, I wasn’t sure if I was going to make the cut. But that’s nothing knew this year. It seems that I’ve been on the bubble a lot, either just making the cut or missing it by a shot or two.

Those weeks are really frustrating so I’ll take some positives from the fact that I’ll be playing on the weekend. That will give me a chance to iron out a few things and see if I can get my game back on track.

I really don’t feel that I’m far off, but still, nothing seems to be working well – not my driving, iron play, short game or putting.

One thing that was good about my round was the support I got from the fans. It’s been exceptional here in Montreal, but then that’s not really a surprise. Any time I’ve played here, the fans have been great and talking with some of the other Canadians, they’ve mentioned the same thing.

So I’ll go out Saturday morning and see if I can get things turned around and put a low one on the board.

As always, thanks for your support.
Mike

RBC Canadian Open Round 1

My first round at the RBC Canadian Open was one of those days where I had to try and find a way to get the ball into the hole.

It wasn’t that I was playing awful – just that I didn’t have my best stuff. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t seem to find any rhythm.

On the front side, on both the par 3s, I hit my tee shot into the bunker and I couldn’t get it up and down to save par. I did get one back with a nice birdie at the eighth when I hit my second shot in to about eight feet and made the putt.

I got some revenge on those front side par 3s on the back when I hit my tee shot on the 17th to about eight feet and made the putt. But I gave that back on the final hole when my tee shot found the water. That’s the kind of day it was.

All in all, it was a scrappy round of golf. I really had to stay focused on each hole in order to play well. It’s funny but I was thinking after how a round like this, where it kind of gets off the rails early, is the type of round where, two years ago, I would have let get away from me. Now it’s nice to know that with the improvements to my game, even when I don’t have my best stuff, I can still remain in control.

If I was to give myself a measure today, I’d say everything was working at about a six out of 10. I didn’t seem to have any energy or any zip in my game. I know it’s been a busy week with lots of functions and requests and media so maybe I’m just a bit tired. I’m hoping a good night’s rest and I’ll come out on Friday morning refreshed and read to go.

One thing that was still there during my round, however, was the fan support. The galleries here in Montreal were amazing once again. I got a lot of energy from them, energy I definitely needed today.

Thanks for your support.
Mike

RBC Canadian Open

I’m in Montreal for the best week in Canadian golf. As a Canadian, the RBC Canadian Open is the biggest event we have in the game and it’s a great week to celebrate all the wonderful things golf gives us in this country.

I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends and talking with fans over the course of the upcoming week. It’s such a great thrill to hear the cheers and see the appreciation the fans give me and all the Canadians during this tournament.

Before I get into Royal Montreal, however, let me take a step back and talk about the great experience I had recently in Halifax at GOLFest Nova Scotia. GOLFest featured two anchor events, the RBC Canada Cup and Web.com Tour’s Nova Scotia Open. Playing in the RBC Canada Cup on Team Canada with Graham (DeLaet), David (Hearn) and Adam (Hadwin) we took on Team World’s Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland, Trevor Immelman and Manuel Villegas. The event was was really fun – especially playing in a team competition in front of a Canadian crowd.

Overall, it was a great day and although Team Canada couldn’t overcome Team World in the matches, it was a thrill to team up with the boys, have a few laughs, interact with the crowd and hit some shots for the fans in Halifax. The week also could not have finished any better when Canadian Roger Sloan captured the Nova Scotia Open title. The finish catapulted Roger up The 25 ranking and hopefully will be enough for him to get onto the PGA TOUR next year – the more Canadians we have there, the better!

Another event I want to mention was the grand opening of the store and gallery of my winery, Mike Weir Winery. As most of you know, I’ve been passionate about wine for some time and now we have the chance to let people come in to see the vineyards and taste the wine, while at the same time looking at some of my memorabilia. We’ve built a wonderful facility that will combine the best of my wine with some of my past golf successes. If you happen to be in the area – Beamsville, Ont. — please stop by and give us a visit.

The RBC Canadian Open this week will be another fun one. Coming back to Royal Montreal gives me good feelings from the Presidents Cup, of course. While the International side wasn’t able to win, my singles match with Tiger Woods was a good one and something that stands out in my career. The fans that day really helped pull me along and beat Tiger. I remember the cheers being deafening.

This year is also the 10th anniversary of my playoff loss to Vijay Singh at Glen Abbey. From time to time, I think back on that tournament and wonder what if. I think about a shot here or there, particularly the putts on the 16th hole on Sunday. But you can drive yourself crazy doing that. Of course Vijay was putting together one of the great years in golf that season too, so he wasn’t about to let up. More than anything, I remember the crowd that Sunday. It wasn’t like a golf crowd, it was more like I was at a hockey game. They cheered so loudly on every shot, especially on the last few holes. It’s too bad that I wasn’t able to win that tournament but I’m proud of the performance I put in that week.

This is my 24th start in the Open, which seems almost impossible. I can remember qualifying the first time, when I was still in college. I was so nervous about playing in my first big event. These days, I still get pumped to play but I’m not really nervous. This week, as with most times at the RBC Canadian Open, we get asked a lot about when a Canadian will win this tournament. It’s great that we have 19 of us in the field here and I think we have a lot of quality players. I know it’s going to happen one of these years and if it’s not me then I’ll be there cheering on whoever it is. If nothing else, I’d love for someone to do it just so we don’t have to answer the question any more!

I’m also excited to announce my new partnership with Bayer and the ALEVE brand. To kick things off, ALEVE and I have teamed up this week for the ALEVE Birdie Alert for Arthritis. From Thursday to Sunday, each of my birdies will be matched by a $1,000 donation, each eagle $2000, and each hole in one a $10,000 donation by ALEVE to The Arthritis Society in support of its goal of boosting care and erasing the pain of arthritis. In 2011, I injured my elbow which also caused the onset of arthritis. ALEVE played a role in the management of my arthritis pain and recovery, helping to get me back to where I was before my injury, so I’m very excited about playing well in support of a great charity this week.

Overall, it should be a fun week. Royal Montreal is in great shape and there’s a strong field here to compete for the title. I’m can’t wait for tournament to get started!

As always, thanks for your support.
Mike

 

Byron Nelson Championship

To say last week was a lot of fun is an understatement. The HP Byron Nelson Classic was a great experience. It was amazing to finally see some results from all the hard work I’ve been putting in. It was really satisfying.

Going into the tournament, I didn’t really sense anything special was going to happen or that my game was suddenly going to click. I feel as though I’ve been hitting the ball really well the last few months but haven’t been able to get my putter working. A lot of times I would walk off the course having shot 72 or 73 and feeling as though it could have easily been a 67.

In all those cases it was just putting that seemed to be the difference. But last week, they finally started to drop. I was making more putts and getting some confidence in my putter. I made some nice 10 to 15 footers, which I haven’t been making. I really didn’t make any bombs all week and I didn’t have any chip-ins, but overall it was a great feeling to putt well.

One of the changes I made before last week was with my putter grip. I replaced my oversized grip with an older, thinner one I had on a putter at home. I just felt that I wanted a little more feel in my hands with my putter and I had a good sensation of the blade with that grip. In a lot of ways, it was really just a change for change’s sake. I don’t mind the oversized grips as they tend to give me more stability, but I had to change something and obviously this was a good move.

Another thing I changed last week was my mental approach. I went out with the goal of not grinding so much and not being so hard on myself. I wanted to just enjoy myself on the links and it worked. It’s amazing what that kind of an outlook can do for your game.

Being in the hunt at the tournament was a lot of fun. In some ways, it was like riding a bike – the sensation was familiar. But I was also nervous, not having been in that position for some time. To hit good shots right out of the gate was huge for me. It showed me I was ready to play. For most of the day, I hit my shots the way I wanted to. It was tough out there with a lot of difficult crosswinds, but my swing and my game held up under the pressure, which was a great feeling.
I was also pretty loose out there for most of the day. My caddie, Danny Sahl, did a good job of keeping me relaxed and that let me play well.

And for sure, I wanted to win. I went out there trying to win the tournament. I felt like I played really well but Brendan just played better. Congratulations to him on a great week and the victory.

Right after the tournament, I had a beer with Graham, who was in the group ahead of me. We congratulated each other on a good week. I can tell you that he is going to win very soon. He’s just too good not to get a victory.

And I heard from a lot of close friends – my cell phone had about 100 text messages on it – who were all happy for me. I also heard there was a lot of interest from fans on social media, which is great and I’m thankful for. I think I might just have to get on that one of these days!

The second-place finish does a lot of things for me obviously, but one of the biggest is securing things for next year. It means I can take a little time off this summer and spend some time with my family. We have some trips planned and I can’t wait to get away with Bricia and the girls.

It also means my schedule will be a little different. It looks as if my next start will be the Memorial as I understand anyone inside the top 100 at the end of the Byron Nelson usually gets in. I’ll do the U.S. Open qualifying in Ohio right after that and then play in Memphis. I hope that if I can keep playing well, I can get into the British Open and the PGA.

Getting back into contention is great. While I really want to look forward and not back, it’s hard not to think of the struggles of the past four years. Certainly it would have been easy to stop playing and focus on my course design and wine business, but that’s just not who I am. Nothing in my golf career has come easy to me. I’ve always had to grind and struggle and work hard. From my mini-tour days and up to the PGA Tour, it’s been hard work. Even when I’ve won, I’ve had to fight it out. The only time I can remember winning by a wide margin was at a Canadian Tour event at Heron Point where I won by eight shots, I think.

For me, the satisfaction that comes after the hard work is what makes it all worthwhile. I know this is just one finish, one tournament. There’s still more hard work ahead. I’m ready for it.

I would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support I have received through my website!
Mike