Weir a hit with fans

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:02 PM ET

VICTORIA, B.C. — Mike Weir followed up a frustrating weekend at Pebble Beach with a Skins performance that saw him lead in only one category: Spectators hit.

The 2003 Masters champ found himself up close and personal with fans who were only too pleased to be bruised by his wayward TaylorMades.

“Ya hit a hockey chick Weirsy — ya didn’t even hurt her,” bellowed one pickled spectator as Weir waded into the gallery to meet the lady he hit with a pulled drive on the par-5 eighth hole.

Weir met another one of the more than 5,000 spectators on hand on the next hole when his attempt to escape from deep rough clipped a tree and then a fan.

Weir, who struggled to a third round 83 at Pebble Beach, wound up with just one birdie and no skins.

CHIP SHOTS

The only one of the five participants that won’t be playing in this summer’s Canadian Open is Ian Poulter who vowed he’d play down the road ... The event raised $34,000 for a local charity so far, based on birdies … The combined number of visible logos on the five players totaled 43 with Ian Poulter leading the way with 11, Camilo Villegas with 10 and Fred Couples in last with six … Mike Weir’s caddy, Brennan Little helped all five players with yardages, as well as the five caddies who had all bid thousands of dollars to carry the players’ bags. Retief Goosen’s caddy was former Canadian World Cup rugby team player Bobby Ross who also is a recent club champion at Bear Mountain … Despite the fact many high-profile players lost considerable amounts of money investing in Len Barrie’s Bear Mountain resort, which is now in receivership, many of them were present yesterday, including Mike Vernon, Scott and Rob Niedermayer and Ray Whitney … Flames president Ken King spent the morning playing in the pro-am alongside Goosen … The event was aired on tape delay on TSN, as it will be today … Right after picking up his only skin on the second hole the colourful Poulter joked he planned on twittering it right away … With Goosen lighting up the course, Couples figured the only way to stop the South African from continuing his birdie binge was by following up a seven-foot birdie putt on seven by laying his club down in front of Goosen’s four footer and pretending to walk away. Didn’t work.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Asked if Mike Weir would try putting his competitors off their game by sending them bottles of his wine last night, Ian Poulter laughed:

“There actually is two bottles of his wine in our rooms already!”


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