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Mike Weir aiming for Presidents Cup place

Canada's Mike Weir is hoping for a strong showing at the Canadian Open this week to help build his case for a spot on the International team at this year's Presidents Cup.

A pair of top-10 finishes at his last two tournaments, including a tie for eighth place at last week's British Open, has Weir sitting in 17th place among golfers eligible for the International team.

The 10 highest-ranked players are guaranteed a spot on the International roster and team captain Gary Player gets to make two picks of his own.

With the event scheduled for Royal Montreal Golf Club in Quebec, Canada from Sept. 27-30, Player will face plenty of pressure from Canadian fans to include Weir.

However, Weir hopes his recent strong showings will vault him into the top 10 and secure a place in the matchplay competition between the United States and an International team representing the rest of the world, minus Europe.

"I'd like to play well the next three weeks and be in the top 10 by the end of it," Weir told reporters.

"I'm focusing on this week and hopefully my play this week will kind of lean into next week."

Weir has missed the cut at the last two Canadian Opens and lost to Vijay Singh in 2004 after a three-hole playoff.

The field at the $5 million event, which begins on Thursday at the Angus Glen Golf Club just north of Toronto, will be short on big names due to a clogged PGA schedule.

Many of golf's big-name players opted out of this week's tournament to rest after the British Open and prepare for the World Golf Championship on Aug. 2 and the season's final major, the PGA Championship, a week later.

Weir, who is looking to become the first Canadian champion of the tournament since 1954, will tee off with Singh of Fiji and Tom Pernice Jr of the United States.

The Canadian left-hander said he does not get tired of the extra attention he faces when he plays the Canadian Open.

"Not at all. This is a national championship. No way," he said. "I love being here, I want to try to win this tournament. I don't mind talking about it one bit. I want to win."


July 26, 2007

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