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Oh, Canada, Weir needs to win

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Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2007 2:31 am | Updated: 7:05 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Believe it or not, it’s been more than three years since Mike Weir won a tournament on the PGA Tour, and he knows it. The pressure is on the left-hander heading into today’s final round of the Fry’s Electronics Open in Scottsdale.

“It’s there and I want to win,’’ Weir said. “It’s the biggest drought I’ve had, and I don’t like it. I’m going to be playing hard tomorrow.’’

After a third-round 5-under 65, Weir is one shot back of leader Carl Pettersson heading into today’s final round on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club. At 12 under through 54 holes, Weir is tied with Mesa’s Mark Hensby for second place.

Weir will be one of the crowd favorites today with any and all Canadians in the Valley pulling for their countryman. Several fans followed him wearing white hard hats painted with red maple leaves on them.

Weir opened the tournament with a 69 on Thursday and then had 64 on Friday.

Saturday it was a patient Weir who didn’t let a slow start bother him. He played the front nine in 1 under and then added five birdies on the back nine to get back into contention.

“I’m happy with the way I’m figuring out the golf course and for the most part I’ve put it on the smart side of the hole this week,’’ Weir said. “That’s what you have to do around here. The greens are very difficult.’’

The last of Weir’s seven tour victories came in the 2004 Nissan Open in Los Angeles. He did score a big victory in his singles match over Tiger Woods at the Presidents Cup in September, but his International team got thumped by the United States.

He is one of only three members of the Presidents Cup teams to play this week, with Phil Mickelson and Stewart Cink the others. Unlike many of those players, Weir wanted to keep playing this fall.

“I want to play because I’m playing well,’’ Weir said. “I don’t want to take too much time off. There’s going to be some significant breaks so I want to keep playing.’’

Weir does have three top-10 finishes this year including a tie for 10th at last week’s event in Las Vegas. He said the swing changes he has made felt comfortable six months ago on the driving range. Now, he said, they are starting to feel good on the golf course, too.

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