Even if there aren't many Canadians in here, I'd still like to get some input on this idea.
Given Mike Weir’s display at the Honda this week it would take a miracle to regain his card. It seems he has physically and mentally lost it and is in a very deep hole much like Steve Stricker was. It would be nice to see the story repeat itself but I personally don’t see it happen. His confidence is clearly shaken and things seem to be getting worse. A lot of work in many areas will be needed to retool his game.
This all got me thinking as to what the future holds for this countries greatest golfer. I feel he’ll have a couple of options if two years go by without showing any improvement.
He could give up the game and pursue other areas in life or try to grind out a living playing Nationwide and the odd PGA events. If he were to grind through this drought and keep his card, it would be very impressive.
If that doesn’t happen, I doubt he’d play the circuit very long and would most likely turn his efforts to his other option, the Weir brands. The Weir brands include a clothing line, a winery and a golf design firm.
Now regardless of what options he chooses, I’d like to see him get involved with Golf Canada in some way to work with their Player Development Program. It’s evident that we’re not turning out as many Professionals as Golf Canada would like and I strongly feel Mike Weir could turn that around.
My years as a junior golfer occurred exactly the time Mike gained his PGA Tour card. Other juniors and me we looked up to him because he was the only Canadian at the time making any waves on the tour. Seeing a guy from this hockey crazed nation playing golf and winning on TV was amazing for us.
All this was happening right around the time that Golf Canada launched its Player Development program geared towards turning out more Canadian Professionals like Mike. I was lucky enough to attend a first year camp in 2001 and learnt a lot about what was needed to play at such a high level. Looking back I feel that had some of us been given first hands accounts of what it took to play professional golf from a golfer who had been in our shoes before, we’d have more Canadians on the PGA Tour.
Hearing just exactly how many hours he’d put in or what went through his head on a daily basis was important stuff that we never learnt. It’s one thing for a coach to tell you but when you hear it directly from someone’s mouth that has done it, there’s a lot more merit to it.
If this somehow gets to Mike, then Mike, please give back to this country and assist in some capacity with Golf Canada’s Player Development program regardless of what happens. You have achieved plenty and it would be extremely beneficially for our top junior players and country if you were to give back and help. Your experiences need to be relayed to these young players and used in a positive way for our country.
Jordan J. Caron