Mike Weir says Augusta National is prime for the Masters.
“The fairways are running nicely, but the greens are firming up. The faster greens have a little more pace to them now. You really have to think. I mean, those landing areas shrink down when the greens get firmer like this and the precision shotmaking is heightened,” said the 2003 Masters champ.
“I think Augusta has done a great job. The course is as good as I’ve seen it in a long time. I think it’s going to be a really exciting tournament. It’s not going to be 20 under. I’d say anywhere from 10 to 14 would be a really, really good number, and I think you’ll see, if we get a little variable winds out here, you’ll see some tough things happen,” he said.
“I think it brings out creativity for sure. I think is just tests all aspects of your game, and you have to be really on and the margin for error is so slim,” said Weir.
“I think simplicity is good at some points. There’s many options on the greens. If you’re just off the green, you can chip it with a 60-degree or bump it or putt it. I found this week, the way the ball’s rolling, that putting it just off the fringe is good. Maybe, that’s a little simpler than trying to hit some crazy creative little flop shot or something,” said Weir.
At the age of 50, Weir is settling into PGA Tour Champions, where his last two starts have resulted in top 10 finishes, including a second at the Cologuard Classic in Tucson.
In 2020, Weir made it to the weekend and eventually tied for 51st, but he says there are too many variables to make predictions for this week.
“I don’t know. I mean, you never know. I like to keep my mind open. If I play well and I’m in a good position going into the weekend and the conditions favour me, you never know what I could do on the weekend, but it would have to be a very special week, obviously, with the distance I’m giving up. All aspects of my game feel pretty good,” he said.
Weir tees off in Thursday’s first round at 11:42 a.m. local time with C.T. Pan and Robert MacIntyre.