Perhaps if he hadn’t worn that green shirt on Saturday things might have been different all the way around for the Sandy, Utah resident and former BYU star. All joking aside, it was a successful major for Weir, whose showing at The Masters 2014 was only the fifth major tournament he has completed all year.
Mike Weir kicked off his fourth and final round at Augusta National hoping to forget about the 79 he shot yesterday, dealing with the famous winds the course is known for. That he did and then some -- but only after he bogeyed the first hole.
His undoing during The Masters 2014, however, had less to do with the winds and more to do with his long game -- which plagued him during this tournament from beginning to end. Mike Weir shot a 73 in his first 18 holes to open the tournament -- then followed it up with a 72.
Those scores allowed him to make the final cut. On his Web site, he admitted he had little room for error. Then came his 79 -- by far the worst of the tournament for him.
But on Sunday, Mike Weir came out determined to finish with a steady hand. Even if he had admitted defeat on his Web site, he would go down swinging.
“I just want to come out and play a good, solid 18 holes. I know there will probably be some tough shots and a few breaks that won’t go my way, but this is the Masters. It’s not really supposed to be easy. And it is still fun,” Weir added.
After that first hole bogey, he steadied his hand Sunday, reaching par on his next four holes -- before hitting for birdie on the next two of three on the front nine. Mike Weir was back -- always to wonder what might have been.
Even if he did bogey four of his last nine holes to wrap up The Masters 2014, he made the final cut and collected $28,000 for his troubles. It was the most money he has earned on the PGA Tour in one event all season.
35-year-old Bubba Watson walked away with the green jacket on Sunday, overwhelming 20-year-old Jordan Spieth with a steady hand down the stretch. It’s a feeling Mike Weir knows all too well -- having won his Masters at the age of 33.
So for Mike Weir, finishing 44th at the world’s most prestigious golf tournament may be a disappointment today. But now he knows he again belongs with the world’s best -- on a course that even felled Phil Mickelson.