Weir crashes out of Open

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- If the Canadian Open was lacking big names before, then it's hurting badly now as its biggest star just walked off into the sunset.

Or rather, to the airport for an early flight home.

With Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen opting to stay home this week, Canadian Mike Weir was expected to draw the crowds for the country's national championship.

And he did ... for 48 hours.

The Bright's Grove, Ont., native was booted off the Shaughnessy Golf and Country club yesterday after he finished 6-over to miss the cut by two shots.

"I didn't hit enough fairways, that was the bottom line all week really," said Weir, who carded a 5-over 75 yesterday. "I made enough birdies that I could've gotten something going but when I missed the fairways, it seemed like I only made big numbers or bogey. It's difficult to come back when you can't hit fairways on this course."

For the second day in row, Mark Calcavecchia made the Vancouver venue look easy as he added a 3-under 67 to his first-round 65 to remain five strokes up on runner-up Lucas Glover.

Five others are tied at 2-under. Defending champion Vijay Singh is at 1-under.

For Calcavecchia, following the lights down the runway has been the key.

"I think I've gotten some good breaks for sure," he said. "I haven't hit it in the heavy rough too often.

"I just had a couple of times where I've been in the bad rough and luckily the holes I did hit it in the rough on have been a couple of par 5s and a couple of short par 4s. So I was able to get it to the green where it wasn't a chip-out situation."

Calgarian Stephen Ames was the only Canadian to make the cut yesterday, as 15 others fell to 5-over or worse. Going bogey-bogey on his last two holes wasn't the finish Ames wanted but he managed to remain at even for the day and 3-over for the tournament.

"Today I played very well," said Ames. "I had a lot of opportunities, a couple of up downs that were good but other than that I hit the ball really well. Overall, even-par on this golf course is a good round, so I'm happy with that."

Weir, in jeopardy of missing his eighth cut of the season -- the most in his professional career -- tried to battle back but the five bogeys and the double on No. 11 were too much to recover from.

"I felt like it would be difficult to come back but that's not the spot you want to be playing from," said Weir, who only hit 17 of 28 fairways in two rounds. "I was hitting the ball solid, just off the tee I miscued a few times and it cost me."

The glaring statistic for Weir: He has only been under par once in his last 26 rounds.

Singh joined Ben Crane, Jerry Kelly and Justin Rose with the low rounds of the day at 4-under 66.

The No. 2 money leader this year was 3-over starting the day but managed to move up into a tie for eighth.

"The key was hitting the fairways," said the Fiji native. "When you hit more fairways, you've got chances for birdies when you hit the greens. You can't make birdies from the rough here."

Jesper Parnevik managed to keep his name on the leaderboard as he finished 2-over, which puts him tied for second.


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