Weir: What slump?

MARK KEAST -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:21 PM ET

ANCASTER -- The man who took away Mike Weir's best chance at a Canadian Open title sat to the left of him yesterday at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

The collapse by the Bright's Grove, ON native late in the final round at the 2004 Canadian Open at Glen Abbey, all but handing the title to a charging Vijay Singh that day, is well storied, and is what some golf commentators point to as the beginning of Weir's slippery slope, the downturn in a game that produced just three top 10 finishes in 2005, five this year. The 2003 Masters champ hasn't had a win since the 2004 Nissan Open.

"I was glad last year's (Open) was on the west coast (at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver), or else they wouldn't have let me in the country," Singh said yesterday at an RCGA news event officially "launching" the run-up to the 102nd Canadian Open, scheduled for Sept. 4-10 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, where the event also was played in 2003.

Weir's "slump" depends on how one defines success on the PGA Tour, however. Weir thinks his play has been perfectly fine, and in a discussion with reporters later didn't appear to understand what the fuss was about.

"You put things behind you and move on, whether it was last week or three years ago," he said. "I think my game is on track. I just haven't won."

Weir said a Canadian Open win would equal his Masters win in terms of priority in his mind, adding the Hamilton course, narrower and shorter than the norm, "sets up well for me."

Canadian Open tournament director Bill Paul said he spoke with Tiger Woods at the Western Open, and will speak with him again this week about his participation in the Canadian Open. "He's 50-50," Paul said. "He didn't say no. He's heard the (Hamilton) course is older, traditional, U.S. Open-style." Woods, as also is tradition, will make up his mind at the last minute, the week before the event, Paul said.

"I'll know next week, but it will be a last-minute announcement," Paul said.


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