Mike Weir shot 79 in the opening round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Now, Weir has been having his troubles on the course--he missed the cut for the final round at the recent AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am--but he didn't need the problems off the course that might have contributed to his high score in the opening round. Weir arrived too late to have a practice round, through no fault of his own.
Here's the skinny on what happened, from IMG's Dave Haggith.
"UPS lost his passport in their Louisville depot (UPS systems were down so they couldn't track for several days). The passport should have gotten to Mike last week. The package was found on Wednesday at 2pm. Mike flew to Louisville to pick up the package, then flew to Cancun arriving almost at midnight."
Weir is even through four holes in the second round as I write, and eight-over for the tournament. The cut just now is standing at two-over, so Weir will have to light it up to play on the weekend. Given his struggles with his swing and overall game, this is going to be a tall order. What's more important for Weir is that he starts to see the ball coming out of the centre of the club face in the direction he means for it to go. That's the only way for him to build confidence and to start to emerge from his funk.
It was a year ago when it really became apparent to me to what degree the 2003 Masters champion and winner of eight other PGA Tour events was struggling. I was following him in the first round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens. He was playing a par-four with water on the right, pretty much directly off the tee. There was plenty of fairway to the left, with houses and out of bounds further left. Weir set up to draw the ball off the tee into the right centre of the fairway. But the ball flew low and left as soon as it left his club face, and ended up in the water. His tee shot started 40 yards right of where he aimed it.
The next hole had out of bounds left, and more of those ubiquitous Florida houses that border so many fairways. Weir chose a three-wood after his previous errant drive, and this time he pushed his tee shot way to the left, and again out of bounds.
I remember thinking that indeed, golf is a brutal game, even for tour pros, and that they often can't find their swings no matter how much hard work they put in--and Weir works as hard or harder than anybody, believe me.
It's a year later now, and Weir is looking to find his passport back to the game he once knew and could rely on. That passport will come only when he's hitting the shots where he's aiming them. Meanwhile, he didn't need the passport delivery problems that kept him from getting in a practice round this week.