Weir OK until at least 2013

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

Mark Twain famously wrote the reports of his death were an exaggeration.

So, too, have been the frantic reports of the death of Mike Weir's golf career.

Yes, he lost his full exempt status on the PGA Tour after failing to make the $227,885 US required under his major medical exemption.

However, he still will be able to play a full schedule on tour for the remainder of this season and the following two seasons.

Alas, all is not lost, Canadian golf fans.

Opinions aside -- the question of whether Weir is washed-up is purely speculative-- the fact is Weir has a lot of time left to prove himself.

Weir's stellar career (he's 12th in career earnings) has afforded him the opportunity to play a full slate of events through 2013, though he's surely looking to keep some of his exemptions in his hip pocket by turning his game around and climbing back into the top-125.

By virtue of Weir's one tournament in the money this season (a tie for 77th at the Farmers Insurance Open in January that netted him $10,788), he was able to climb into the 126-150 category (on last season's money list) to earn about 12 more starts this year.

As a member of the 2009 international Presidents Cup squad, Weir also has another five exemptions.

"He's going to end up playing a full schedule of about 25 events he has always played," said David Haggith of IMG, which represents Weir. "The only difference is he'll have to play events he's exempted into, instead of picking and choosing his schedule as much as he has in the past.

"Mike has earned this position through a decade of playing on the PGA Tour and having success," Haggith added. "The exemptions exist for guys with this kind of track record."

As much as the media is focused on Weir's future, Haggith says his client's goal remains finding his game following the arm injury that sidelined him last season.

"Mike's focus is on getting his game back into form. His arm is feeling better and he'll work his way though it."

Haggith said Weir, whose only guarantee for a start in a major is the Masters, is likely to go through the qualifying process for the U.S. and British Open championships.

CLAWS OUT

Tiger Woods' Canadian coach, Sean Foley, has been quite open in his thoughts about his star client's old technique.

This week, via Twitter, Tiger's former teacher turned TV personality, Hank Haney, fired back at Foley.

In a Sports Illustrated interview, published Tuesday on the magazine's golf.com,Foley quipped: "There was nothing about what he was doing in his previous swing that made any sense to me."

Haney's response was two simple words: "He won."

Touche.

Haney also addressed the Weir situation when a fan asked if the Bright's Grove, Ont., native's problems were mainly health related: "Don't, know, too bad, (he) is a great guy."

TRAILER PARK GIRL

Stephanie Sherlock isn't your typical snowbird, but the Barrie, Ont., native is fitting right in down south, according to her LPGA Tour rookie blog:

"I feel the need to share my current living situation with all of you, because it is pretty funny. I am a proud resident of a local RV community. My friends all give me a hard time, but I just tell them the nightlife is hoppin! Friday is shuffleboard night, Saturday is bridge! Perfect for a 23-year-old!!"

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