On a day that can only be categorized as odd, former BYU golfer Mike Weir took to the links at Augusta National for The Masters 2014 in a tie for 21st place. Wearing a green shirt may have been his undoing, however. By the end of the third round on Saturday, April 12 he found himself in 46th place overall, 13 strokes off the lead.
It was not the best of days for Mike Weir as he opened play on the front nine with four bogeys and a horrific double bogey. Those scores alone put him in the danger zone but he atoned for his awful opening nine holes Saturday on the first few holes of the back nine at Augusta.
Mike Weir hit for par on two of his first three holes on the back nine -- then birdied the 13th hole to give himself a fighting chance to survive this brutal third round of action. The last five holes on the day were also solid for Weir -- who now only wishes he would have done as well on the front nine.
And for only the fifth time at a PGA Tour event all season, Mike Weir will play into the final round of a major golf tournament. As was the case on Friday, April 11 Mike Weir battled the famed winds at Augusta on Saturday -- and it looked like the winds won the battle.
He cautioned on his Web site Friday that you never know when these breezes will kick up and make play at The Masters 2014 unbearable. Other players had trouble navigating The Masters 2014 third round winds as well -- including Adam Scott, who dropped three strokes on Saturday alone -- and fell all the way to 16th place.
“Any time there’s wind here – which is often – it’s tough to pick the right club. It’s difficult to pick out the right direction and intensity as it blows off the trees,” Weir said on his Web site.
Even Bubba Watson, who had a commanding lead going into Saturday’s third round, shot a 74 -- by far his worst score of The Masters 2014. Watson now sits in a tie for first place on the leader board with Jordan Spieth going into Sunday’s final round at windy Augusta.
As for Mike Weir, his chance at a green jacket at The Masters 2014 has all but vaporized after Saturday’s poor showing. But maybe two good days at one of the toughest courses in the world will increase his chances for success in the near future.