Weir thrown for a loop

Mike Weir of Canada tees off on the second hole during the second round of the 92nd PGA Golf...

Mike Weir of Canada tees off on the second hole during the second round of the 92nd PGA Golf Championship at Whistling Straits, in Kohler, Wisconsin, August 13, 2010. (REUTERS/Matt Sullivan)

TIM McKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:38 PM ET

One of Canada's great golf twosomes has split up.

Mike Weir's longtime caddie, Brennan Little, will loop for Texan Sean O'Hair in 2011.

Little, on Weir's bag for his eight victories on the PGA Tour, including the 2003 Masters, caddied for Weir at the Shark Shootout on the weekend and reportedly told Weir of his decision after the event.

Little addressed the split on his blog, calling it "bittersweet news."

"After 12 years of success and very good times together with (Weir), I was recently presented with a terrific opportunity to caddie for Sean O'Hair in the upcoming season," Little said.

"Mike and I are great friends, always will be, and he understood that while it was a very difficult decision for me, I do have to consider what is best for my family."

Weir, 40, struggled with a torn ligament in his right elbow, eventually shutting down his season in late August and tumbling to 151st on the money list to lose his full exempt status on the PGA Tour. It marked quite a fall after finishing 26th and 14th on the money list in 2009 and 2008, respectively.

Weir said he was pain-free, experiencing only a bit of stiffness in his arm during Greg Norman's Shark Shootout last week, where he partnered with K.J. Choi to tie for fifth.

Outwardly, at least, he was taking the news of his caddie's departure in stride.

"There is one bit of sad news," Weir said on his blog. "After a long time together (since 1999), Brennan and I are going to part ways. He told me that he's going to work for (O'Hair) next year and I couldn't be happier for him."

In 2011, Weir will have a five-event major medical exemption to make up the $227,885 US that separated him from the 125th-ranked player -- and if he does he will be exempt for the rest of the 2011 season. If not, he still will get into plenty of tournaments on the strength of his career accomplishments to try to climb back into the top 125.

Weir knows he has his work cut out for him and understands why O'Hair may be a more secure option for Little.

"I know that (Little) has to look after his family, and my situation, while I remain confident, is certainly not all that stable at the moment. He'll be great with Sean and I predict big things for them next year."

While some consider Weir to be in the twilight of his career, O'Hair, 28, is in his prime. The three-time winner didn't have a victory in 2010 but he posted three top-10s and, more importantly for a caddie, won close to $2 million. The year prior, O'Hair posted 10 top-10 finishes, including a win at Quail Hollow, to post more than $4 million in earnings.

Weir is facing a lot of questions, not the least of which is who will carry his clubs.

"As of right now, I haven't decided on which (tournaments) I will play in because I'm trying to determine how my arm will react," Weir wrote on his blog. "Can I play a couple of weeks in a row? How much time will I need to take off between events? These are just a few questions I have and only time will tell."


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