That hurt — and we’re not just talking about the tendinitis in Mike Weir’s right forearm.
On a day when some of the least known golfers on the PGA circuit brought St. George’s to its knees, Canada’s golfing icon self-destructed in front of hundreds of adoring fans.
The former Masters champ shot a two-over-par, 72 and needs a spectacular round Friday if he hopes to make the cut at the 2010 Canadian Open.
His round included six bogies, two birdies and a surprising eagle on the ninth when he chipped in from the rough.
Weir, who missed the cut at last week’s British Open after his tendinitis flared up, thought he had it under control.
But the pain returned during Wednesday’s pro-am tournament, and despite icing the wound and constant therapy, the injury played havoc with his opening round.
Not that he would say so.
“It felt a lot better today,” Weir said. “I just didn’t play well. I found it tough around the greens — if you get in the rough, it was very unpredictable.
Weir parred the first two holes, but back-to-back bogeys on three and four was a harbinger of what was to come.
He fought back to even when he eagled the ninth.
“That was a nice bonus to chip that in and then make a couple of birdies to get some momentum going,” he said.
“Then I caught a bad break on 12. The wind was gusting pretty hard and I hit a shot right over the flag and had a bad lie. I made a bogey there and I never gained momentum again.”
Rich Barcelo, who shot a five-under 65, can only imagine the pressure on Weir.
Barcelo, a former University of Nevada star, had plenty of friends and family cheering him on at last week’s Reno-Tahoe Open, only to falter badly.
“Mike carries a big burden of being Canada’s best golfer and he’s does an extremely good job of performing,” Barcelo said. “He’s got a wonderful career. He’s doing his best.”