Mike Weir just wants to have fun

Mike Weir takes a drink of water before teeing off on the first hole Friday during the second round...

Mike Weir takes a drink of water before teeing off on the first hole Friday during the second round of the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ont. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:43 PM ET

OAKVILLE, ONT. - Days like this, fuelled by a hot putter and the warm embrace of a home crowd, have been rare enough recently for Mike Weir that he often wondered if there would ever be another.

Weir has endured a competitive slump so long and deep that it’s hard to remember when it began. Two years ago? Three? Four? Was he really once the No. 4 player in the world? Did he really win those eight PGA Tournaments, including the Masters?

Now 43, Weir’s progress is measured not in wins but in feel, in attitude and the internal joy he takes from standing over a 30-foot putt or a tough bunker shot.

On Friday, there was some old, familiar magic wafting on the gentle breezes at Glen Abbey Golf Club. At one point, Weir was cruising along at seven-under-par on the round and even consecutive bogeys at the end of the day couldn’t wipe the smile from his face after he shot a round of 67.

“I enjoyed myself so much out there today and, I had a great interaction with the crowd.


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