In a year that Sandy, Utah resident and former BYU golfer Mike Weir might like to forget, his fortunes looked significantly better as he made the cut for the final rounds at the Masters 2014. The ex-Cougar shot an even par 72 on Friday, April 11 at Augusta National to not only survive a second round that saw Phil Mickelson, among others, get axed -- but stay in the hunt for a green jacket.
Mike Weir will now move on to the third round on Saturday, April 12 sitting in 21st place overall -- tied with three other golfers as play continues at The Masters 2014. For Weir, who only made $50,000 on the PGA Tour this season, being in the hunt for a title is welcome news.
Right now, Bubba Watson -- who was the 2012 Masters champion -- is playing out of his mind. Having shot a 69 on Thursday, April 10, he one-upped that score on Friday -- shooting a 68. That score leaves him at seven strokes under par overall and the tournament leader going into Saturday’s third round.
To give you an idea as to how dominant Watson has been through the first 36 holes at The Masters 2014, his closest competitor is sitting three strokes behind. Then there are at least a dozen golfers sitting four and five strokes behind Watson.
Mike Weir is currently seven strokes off of Watson going into Saturday's third round. He is certainly not out of the running himself for a green jacket and spent most of Friday flirting with and seriously threatening the top 10 on his first nine holes of action.
Mike Weir showcased a magnificent display of control and precision Friday that saw him birdie on four of his first nine. He also had a highlight reel 6th hole that came within inches of being a hole-in-one.
But on the back nine the Canadian ran into some trouble, shooting three bogeys as he was only able to reach par on each of his final nine holes. Mike Weir didn’t have one birdie to show for his hard work on the back nine on Friday -- but Saturday brings a new day and he’s certainly proven he deserves to stay.