Just when you thought Mike Weir played his best golf at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, you were wrong. The former BYU golfer sits one stroke off the lead in Irving, Texas on Saturday, May 17 after a third round score of 67.
Weir started this tournament at the TPC Four Seasons Resort in grand style in the first round, shooting a 68. On Friday, May 16 he shot a 66 -- including two highlight reel saves for birdies.
And on Saturday, Weir again played strong as the round veered around the course. He hit for par on the first seven holes before picking up the pace on the eighth and ninth holes.
But, it was on the back nine where Weir did the most damage, salvaging a good front nine and making his first few holes on the back nine something to remember. His 10th hole was a nice attempt and conversion for birdie, but it was his birdie-saving masterpiece on the 11th hole that kept him in contention -- because his 12th hole on Saturday was a disaster.
Weir came back in fine style on the 13th, again hitting a nice approach shot for birdie. But his last five holes on Saturday were about as ho-hum as you could get as he could do no better than reach par. Compared to how well he played holes eight through 12, his back end game on the back nine was burned to a crisp in the Texas heat.
Sadly, that has marked the difference between Weir going into the club house as the leader -- and a golfer who hasn’t won a major in years. His uneven play on the last, precious few holes on Friday and Saturday has now cost him opportunities to be the overall leader at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Weir will get one more chance on Sunday in the final round to win his first tournament in a long time, and you have to believe that if he can just put together one solid round of 66 -- or even 65 -- the tournament at this point may be his.