Weir has surgery on troublesome right elbow, expected out until 2012

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Persistent elbow issues have pushed former Masters champion Mike Weir down to 539th in the world rankings.
Associated Press and PA Sport

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Friday, August 19, 2011 | 5:28 p.m.

Mike Weir’s season has ended because of elbow surgery.

The Canadian left-hander underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right elbow on Thursday. With a recovery period of three to six months, he’s not expected back on the PGA Tour until 2012.

His 2010 season also was cut short by a torn ligament in his right elbow. He hasn’t played since withdrawing from last month’s RBC Canadian Open.

He made just two cuts in 15 PGA Tour events this year and earned $23,312. He managed to break 70 in one of the 34 rounds he completed.

The former Masters champion has fallen to 539th in the world rankings.

"My elbow has caused me problems over the past year and during the RBC Canadian Open it essentially became unplayable," Weir said in a release. "Dr. Andrews is the best in the business, and it's my hope with patience, and diligent post-surgery rehab, I will be able to put my elbow problems behind me and look forward."

The left-hander's last PGA Tour win came in the 2007 Fry's Electronics Open.