SARNIA -- Mike Weir is asked if a practical jokester on the PGA Tour had ever made him the butt of a joke, and one player comes to mind.
"Tiger did get me one time," he replies
While doing a "shoot" for one of Tiger Woods' EA video games, Weir was suiting up for computer image mapping.
"You have to put this suit on and they put all these electrodes over your face and arms to capture the image, so it makes it real in the video game," Weir said during a conference call yesterday.
"(Tiger) switched the outfit so it was a ladies small. So when I was trying to put it on, the thing fit me like a bathing suit ...
"The director was saying, 'No, that's how you've got to put it on.' I could see Tiger around the corner, just rolling and laughing his head off."
Weir has let the prank slide -- for now.
"It's in the memory banks, so I'll get him some time," he said.
Weir was on the line updating Canadian reporters about the 2010 PGA Tour, which kicks off with the Bob Hope Classic on Monday.
With Woods reportedly trying to repair his marriage and out of the field, some players are licking their chops at the chance to shine. But Weir isn't one of them.
"I never really understood that," he said. "For me, you want to play best when he's there . . . I know he brought the best out of me when I played him in Montreal (at the 2007 President's Cup)."
Weir said he hasn't spoken with Woods since his public meltdown over multiple mistresses, but he suspects Woods will return in time for the Masters this spring.
"I'm hoping he's back for the majors," he said.
The venues provide a great opportunity for him to make up ground on Jack Nicklaus, Weir said. "But more than that I think, myself being a competitor . . . you want the best guy to compete against."
Weir, who turns 40 in May, said he's feeling confident about his game.
"I have a tough time remembering what I felt like when I was 30," he said. "I probably didn't feel any better than what I do now. I feel fitter and better and ready to go."
He trained hard in the off season "to keep up with some of these young guys and try to outwork them," he said.
He's using a new set of irons and says it's taken some of the backspin out of his game, but doesn't plan on switching to a softer ball until he's had a chance to see how the first few weeks turn out.
After the Bob Hope Classic, he's taking a week off before playing at Pebble Beach, then L.A. and match play in Tucson, Ariz. before the Vancouver Olympics start on Feb. 12.