Having missed the cut at two of the last three tournaments he’s played, former BYU golfer Mike Weir needed to have a big tournament at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas. He certainly got that and more at the TPC Four Seasons Resort, finishing in a tie for second place on Friday, May 16.
Weir opened his latest PGA Tour stop with a 68 in his first round of play. He birdied four holes -- but hit bogeys on holes five and 12 -- finishing with a respectable two strokes under par for the day.
If round one was solid for Weir -- which it undoubtedly was -- his second round of play Friday was even better. He birdied four of his first nine holes on Friday before finally having one bad shot--a bogey on the 10th hole.
After that 10th hole, however, it was smooth sailing for Weir who reached par on holes 11 through 17 on a hot, humid Texas morning. To cap off his second round on Friday he birdied the final hole to put him in the clubhouse with a 66, two strokes better than his first round score of 68.
But it wasn’t just Weir who was having a tournament to remember on Friday. Eight golfers -- including Weir, Englishman Paul Casey and German sensation Martin Kaymer --- sat atop the leader board at the HP Byron Nelson Championship with unconscionable second round scores.
Casey even shot a 27 total on the back nine of the TPC Four Seasons Resort on Friday, a feat that has only been accomplished four times in PGA Tour history. (He finished the day with a sizzling 63.)
As for Weir who hasn’t finished higher than 40th place in over one month of tournaments he’s played, he is looking for a breakthrough here. Based on his first two rounds in Irving, you have to like his chances going into the final rounds this weekend on a course that seems to suit his style of play.