Tough climb awaits Weir

Canadian Mike Wier scratches his head after his putt on 18 during Round 3 of the Canadian Open at...

Canadian Mike Wier scratches his head after his putt on 18 during Round 3 of the Canadian Open at Angus Glen July 28th, 2007. Vijay Singh is the overall leader with a score of -12. (Sun Media /Dave Abel)

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

Today's forecast at the Canadian Open in Markham calls for the long drought to continue.

Canadians Mike Weir and Stephen Ames both had decent days yesterday, but appear to be too far back to contend for the title, meaning the futility streak of a Canadian winning the national title will continue. Pat Fletcher won it back in 1954.

Weir and Ames are both at five under par, seven strokes behind leader Vijay Singh.

Weir shot an impressive 67 yesterday, recording six birdies, including four on the back nine. His long game was vastly improved from the previous two rounds.

"Oh yeah, it was pure (yesterday)," Weir said of his ball- striking. "I hit it really solidly.

"I drove it right down the middle and hit solid shots all day, which I wasn't doing (in the previous two rounds)," he added. "It could have been a real good round, but I'm happy with that. Four under was a good score."

Weir spent an intense 45 minutes on the driving range on Friday. He arrived at the Angus Glen course yesterday confident that his "swingky" problem had been fixed.

"It started with (Friday) night, the feel of it, and then (yesterday) morning, the warmup. Warming up Thursday and Friday was okay, (yesterday) was much sharper," Weir said. "And I felt good about it right from the get-go and had great shots right out of the gate."

A good, but not great day, as his putting let him down a couple of times, including a three-putt on No. 6.

Weir said, ultimately, whoever putts the best today will probably win.

"There are so many little rolls and bumps for a public play golf course. There are some doozies out there," he said.

Weir half-jokingly grumbled about one of the golfers playing ahead of him leaving some deep spike tracks. The two in front of him yesterday, Steve Elkington and Tim Petrovic, are both 6-foot-2 and close to 200 pounds.

Weir admitted that there is actually less pressure starting a round when not on the leaderboard. And he has that going for him today.

"Yeah, you want to be a little more aggressive,"


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