Mike Weir's season of struggle appears to be over.
The Canadian golfer shut himself down for the remainder of 2010 Tuesday after discovering the source of the pain in his right elbow, an injury that contributed to him having one of his worst seasons on the PGA Tour, was a torn ligament.
"I'm going to try to rest and let it heal on its own," Weir told The Canadian Press. "It's not a complete tear. It's a tear that hopefully with a couple months off can heal on its own. ... I'm definitely going to consult a few different people.
"There's a few different therapies that I've researched a little bit. I guess I just have to talk to them."
The 40-year-old lefty from Brights Grove, Ont., who has playing in pain for the past couple of months, thought he had tendinitis in the elbow and was using ice and physiotherapy in an effort to get through tournaments. But Weir, winner of eight PGA tournaments, said an MRI showed he actually has a partially torn ligament in his elbow.
Instead of having surgery that could keep him out of action for much of 2011, Weir has decided to rest the elbow and use alternative treatments.
The wonky elbow flared up on Weir during the RBC Canadian Open at St. George's in Toronto last month, forcing him to pull out of the pre-tournament pro-am midway through his round. He aggravated the injury on the ninth hole during his second round and wound up carding his second consecutive 74 to miss the cut.
"I can’t keep playing like this," Weir told QMI Agency at the time. "I’ve got to figure out something different. It’s time to do something different. It’s too hard playing like that."
Weir's top PGA finish in 2010 was a sixth place at the season-opening Bob Hope Classic in January. In 18 other PGA or World Golf Championship tournaments this year he failed to break into the top 10 and missed the cut eight times.
He also didn't make the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, which get under way with the Barclays this weekend. The top 125 players on the FedEx Cup standings qualified. Weir, ranked 104th in the world now, was 128th on the list.