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.