Mike Weir seeks Canadian magic at Shaw Charity Classic

Mike Weir doesn’t play many home games.

So yeah, it’s special to be in Calgary for the Shaw Charity Classic.

“I was away for three weeks; it’s good to be back,” Weir said Thursday. “Coming back here I know the fan support is going to be great. The golf course is in great condition. The greens are great so yes I can’t wait to get started tomorrow.

Weir played well in his Shaw debut a year ago. A searing opening 63rd lap saw him a shot off the pace of Billy Mayfair before Weir eventually finished level for ninth. Mayfair came fifth in solo, while Doug Barron took the title.

Weir is getting the kind of support in his native Canada that Nick Faldo would get at the Open Championship. Last year’s crowds were limited due to the COVID pandemic, but they were still loud. It is therefore likely to be noisy this year.

“It was (strong last year). There was a nice lady who made me homemade jam. It was awesome,” Weir said. “I’ve seen it on TV for the last few years before last year and I’ve seen the crowd support and the turnout. Calgary loves its golf, so I guess it’ll be… I don’t know how many thousands of people, but a very good turnout this year.

Weir, 52, hasn’t quite reached his level so far in 2022. He has only one top 10 in 10 events this year after posting 12 such results in 29 events over the course of the long 2020-21 season. The only top 10 was tied for fourth at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in late May.

Judging by his year-over-year stats, Weir appears to be struggling with his approach shots and power to the greens despite driving distance and accuracy being virtually the same as last season. His greens in regulation are down nearly 6% and his putting average has dropped from a rank of eighth to 57th.

But like most golfers, he’s one good turn away, and why not succeed in front of the home fans?

“I think we’re all excited to play in a place where you get that kind of support and the fans come to see us play and watch us compete,” Weir said. “We have a good field here this year and a good group that I have on Friday, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

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