Subscribe to RSS feed for News Mike Weir has been feeling much better about his game this year. (Photo: Getty Images)
Mike Weir has been feeling much better about his game this year. (Photo: Getty Images)

Weir wants to wipe out his bad memories of Medinah

Two shots off the lead, Mike Weir would like nothing more than to finish strong and create a new memory of Medinah after struggling in the final round of the 1999 PGA. After his stellar 65 on Saturday, he believes it's about time for a win.

MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) -- Mike Weir figures it's about time he won again on the PGA Tour and erased a bad memory.

He's in good position heading into Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club.

"Today I just went along for the ride," said Weir, who tallied nine birdies, but bogeyed the last when his drive landed in the right rough. "It was one of those days. I enjoyed it. I wanted to keep firing at it because I had it going today."

Weir is at 12-under and two strokes behind Tiger Woods and Luke Donald after firing a 65 on Saturday, his lowest round in a major. That put him in contention for his second major title -- and brought back some unpleasant thoughts.

When the PGA Championship was last at Medinah in 1999, the then-second-year pro went into the final round tied for the lead with Woods.

He remembers feeling "spacey" after nine holes. He wound up shooting 80 and finished tied for 10th, while Woods hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy.

"No question, it was painful," said Weir, who was a year removed from qualifying school back then. "It wasn't a fun day. ... I couldn't believe what was going on. I was very surprised, because actually I remember striking the ball pretty good, but I had no feel on the greens and I remember getting pretty frustrated with a lot of commotion going on."

Seven years later, he's come a long way. He's a major champion, winning the 2003 Masters. And after a birdie on the par-4 15th, he needed only one more in his last three holes for a 63 that would have matched the single-round scoring record at a major.

But Weir bogeyed the 18th hole and settled for a 65.

"In majors, normally, you take your birdies when you get them, which is usually not that often, and you're just trying to make pars and kind of just be real consistent and stay away from big numbers," Weir said.

Weir hasn't won since the 2004 Nissan Open, but he's optimistic he can get back into the top 10.

"I'd say I'm about due," said Weir, who had a lingering neck injury last year. "It's been a little frustrating the last year, especially battling some injuries. But this year, I've felt great, so that's even a little bit more frustrating that I haven't been able to get in the winners circle."

He most definitely has shown he can win. After his meltdown in the 1999 PGA Championship, he won the Air Canada Championship later that season, the WGC-American Express Championship the following year, the Tour Championship in 2001 and took three titles in 2003, including the Masters. All totaled, Weir owns seven PGA Tour titles.

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