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Mike Weir preparing for Masters in earnest

Masters champion Mike Weir knows he faces some tough decisions as he prepares for his return to the Augusta National Golf Club next month.

Italian or Mexican, being one of them.

Weir said during a conference call on Tuesday that he has been putting considerable thought into what he will serve at the champions dinner, which he is obligated to host as part of his duties as last year's champion.

"I have a buddy I grew up with who is a chef in my hometown of Sarnia and I asked him to put together a menu and we've been faxing stuff back and forth," said Weir, without giving away details of the feast.

"He called me last night and I think we almost have things finalised what he's going to serve.

"We've been trying to get it all done right, get the food ordered in and all that stuff."

Weir, who beat Len Mattiace on the first extra hole last year, said apart from organising the dinner there will be few other disruptions to the successful routine that carried him to one of golf's most prestigious titles.

"I've got a little dinner to organise (which) I didn't have to do last year but outside of that I'll probably keep everything the same."

So far, Weir's season has been an almost carbon copy of last year.

Two weeks ago the left-hander defended one of his three titles from last season with a nervy win at the Nissan Open.

After losing in the second round of the World Match Play Championship last week, Weir is taking three weeks off before beginning his final build up to Augusta playing back-to-back events at the Players championship and Atlanta.

"My start to this season is pretty similar to last year," said Weir, whose victory at the Nissan Open was his first since Augusta. "Last year I had two wins at this point and a couple of pretty good finishes.

"This year I've had one win and another couple of pretty good finishes, so (it is) fairly similar but overall I think my game is a little bit better than it was last year.

"It was important to get off to a good start and get some momentum heading into the Masters.

"But at the same time I know what kind of player I am and if it didn't happen I know I'm going to be around for a long time."

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