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Canadian Weir undeterred by his slow start to the 2015 PGA Tour schedule

02/24/2015 09:36 EST | Updated 04/26/2015 05:59 EDT
Mike Weir has no problem admitting it — his start to the 2015 PGA season has been horrible.

The native of Bright's Grove, Ont., has missed the cut in six of eight events and withdrew from another, leaving him with just one finish so far this season — 21st in CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur. He has slipped to No. 176 in the FedEx Cup standings with 48 points, 1,065 behind overall leader Jimmy Walker of the U.S.

It's a bitter pill to swallow for the five-foot-nine, 155-pound left-hander, an eight-time PGA Tour champion — including the 2003 Masters — who has won nearly $28 million over his career.

"My game has not been good at all," Weir said Tuesday during a conference call to announce the rosters for the RBC Canada Cup. "I've been working extremely hard and not seeing really much come out of it.

"But it's still not deterring me, I'm going to keep working here and try to get this rectified and get back to where I feel like I should be."

Weir, 44, has been bothered recently by inflammation in his right elbow, the same one he had surgery on in 2011 to repair a damaged tendon.

"It's not pain it's just really tightness and a lack of mobility from that tightness that's bothering me and causing me some problems," he said. "The doctor has assured me it's not re-injured . . . I just have to get it to calm down a little bit."

Weir had planned to hit some practice balls Tuesday in Palm Beach Fla. — the site of the US$6.1-million Honda Classic starting Thursday — then maybe play nine holes to see how the elbow reacted to the increased workload.

"I played four, five weeks in a row and (practised) hard," Weir said. "I haven't touched a club here in the last three days and had therapy on it.

"It does feel better so I'm going to kind of pace myself."

He's hoping he'll be in better form by the summer when he'll square off against a familiar foe in the Canada Cup.

Veteran Fred Couples will lead Team World against Canada on July 6 at Ashburn Golf Club in Halifax. The world squad won last year's inaugural event, earning 5.5 of a possible six points against a Canadian contingent that included Weir, Graham DeLaet of Weyburn Sask., and David Hearn of Brantford, Ont.

Weir, DeLaet and Hearn will all return in July, eager to make up for last year's showing.

"We got beat up pretty good," Weir said. "I think Graham, David and I really want to perform than we did last year."

The remainder of the world team, along with the addition of a Web.com Tour player for each side, will be announced at a later time.

The addition of Couples enhances the event's star appeal. The 55-year California resident is a 15-time PGA Tour event winner, including the '92 Masters, and has captured two major Champion Tour titles. In 2013, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Couples and Weir also go back to Weir's college days at Brigham Young. In addition, they played together in a 1998 skins event in Prince Edward Island and were on opposite sides at the Presidents Cup.

"When I first got on (the) PGA Tour I played a number of practice rounds with Freddie, a number of practice rounds in majors especially at Augusta National," Weir said. "He showed me around quite a bit there and has always been kind of like an older brother to me.

"To have the chance to square off with him will be great."

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