Last week, a girl friend of mine from Canada commented that a Masters commercial came on north of the border, showing Mike Weir adorning the green jacket. The highlight was from his 2003 win at Augusta National, a moment my friend told me "was one of the few times hockey didn't lead the front of the sports page." A friend of hers, watching golf, simply asked, "Who is that?"
Thus is the downfall of Mike Weir. A guy that always seemed to be in the middle of the fairway and on the right side of the green, Weir's golf game has fallen off so much that he isn't even a fully exempt player on tour anymore. He is 190th or worse in all the important ball-striking categories, and on Thursday at the Valero Texas Open, using a sponsors exemption to play, he shot his seventh straight round of 76 or worse with a 7-over 79.
Currently, Mike Weir is the other side of golf. There are stories about Charl Schwartzel and Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson, and then there are the dark stories about guys like Ian Baker-Finch, David Duval and now, Weir.
There is little to the story other than with golf, the demons can sneak into even the strongest of minds and never leave. We've seen it with pros and their putting, but with Weir, it's his full swing. He just can't hit it anymore, and as much as he tries to get back that magic that won him eight PGA Tour events, it just isn't there right now, and could never return.
Weir will be able to use a few more exemptions to try and earn some extra cash, but my suggestion would be to take the rest of the year off, try to find something that works, and come back in 2012 as a fresh man. Obviously the way he's going about it now is definitely not working, and could scar him forever.