And now comes news that elbow surgery will end his season, a move that we could reasonably construe as a mercy killing. Weir's 2011 has been a horror show: 15 events, only two made cuts, less than $24,000 in total earnings. He's played 34 tournament rounds and scored below 70 just once, in the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Weir, who last played (briefly, before withdrawing) at last month's RBC Canadian Open, underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a torn tendon in his right elbow. The recovery period for this type of surgery runs three to six months. Weir also lost a chunk of 2010 to a torn ligament in that same elbow.
Weir is indisputably a golf legend in Canada, but beyond the Great White North, his star has dimmed considerably. As one of the Class of 2003, the last crop of four first-time major winners before this year, Weir is a cautionary tale for Keegan Bradley and Charl Schwartzel, a reminder that instant success doesn't translate to long-term greatness. (Of that crop of major winners, only Jim Furyk has sustained success; Ben Curtis and Shaun Micheel are still best known for that lone major win.)
This game is cruel enough when you're at perfect health; clearly he hasn't been anywhere close to that for some time now.
- Mike Weir