Open a shut case for Weir

KEN FIDLIN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- There's not a whole lot of Canada left in this 101st Bell Canadian Open.

When the dust had settled over Shaughnessy Golf Club late yesterday, only one Canadian of the 16 who started on Thursday remained in the tournament.

And you can thank immigration for that one because the sole survivor is Stephen Ames, born and raised in Trinidad, who was sworn in as a Canadian citizen at the age of 39, two years ago.

Huge galleries who followed Mike Weir's every shot the past two days left the grounds in silence last evening, utterly deflated that last year's runnerup could do no better than a round of 75 yesterday. He finished his 36 holes at six-over-par, missing the cut by two strokes.

American Mark Calcavecchia followed his opening-round 65 with a 67 yesterday over Shaughnessy's demanding 7,010-yard layout to open up a five-stroke lead at eight-under-par.

Thursday's co-leader, Lucas Glover is alone in second place after his round of two-over 72 left him at three under.

Carlos Franco, Jerry Kelly and Jesper Parnevik are tied at two-under. Kelly fired a 66, the best round of the day to move up from deep in the field. Eight others, including the very dangerous Vijay Singh, are another shot back at one-under.

Weir was bitterly disappointed to miss his first Canadian Open cut since 1999, especially in light of his close call last year when he lost to Singh in a playoff at Glen Abbey.

"It's our national Open," he said. "It means a lot to me and I know it means a lot to the people here. There is added pressure, sure, but that comes with the territory.

"Bottom line, I just didn't play very well," he said. "It seemed every time I missed a fairway, I made bogey or double bogey.

"When I made birdie at the fifth hole (his 14th hole on the day), I knew that if I could get one more shot back coming in that I had a good chance but it just didn't happen."

Ames made the cut at three over and was critical of the rough around the greens.

"Around the greens, it's horrendous as far as I'm concerned," Ames said. "I think the fairway rough is fair. But they have five or six different types of grass around the greens and it's patchy."

Jim Rutledge was the second-low Canadian at five over. David Hearn, Weir and Ian Leggatt all finished at six over.

Calcavecchia has won 11 times during his long PGA Tour career, but the most recent one was in 2001 when he set a scoring record at the Phoenix Open.

Off his recent form, not even Calcavecchia could have predicted how well he would perform here.

"I had no clue I was going to play this well," he said. "I'm not going to pay attention to what anybody else is doing (today)," he said.

"That's kind of a boring thing to say, I know, but it's how I have to play it."

Weir will now try to regroup and get his game ready for the Presidents Cup matches scheduled in two weeks in Virginia. That tournament pits a 12-man team from the United States against a 12-man international squad encompassing teams not from Great Britain or Europe.


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