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Mike Weir wins again after three year drought

Mike Weir ended his PGA Tour victory drought in the desert.

Winning for the first time since early in the 2004 season, Weir shot a 2-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Australia's Mark Hensby in the wind-whipped Fry's Electronics Open on Sunday.

"It has been a long time coming," Weir said. "I hit the ball really solidly today."

Weir's victory came three weeks after he outdueled Tiger Woods in the Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal, reaffirming his status as a Canadian icon.

That emotional victory paid dividends on Sunday.

"It maybe got me over the hump as far as confidence that when it really hits the fan, I can get it done," Weir said.

Weir got it done on a warm, blustery day at Grayhawk Golf Club. Wind gusted up to 25 mph, turning the 7,125-yard Raptor Course into an adventure. Only 12 players broke par on Sunday, 22 fewer than Saturday, when calm conditions prevailed.

Weir finished at 14-under 266 for his eighth PGA Tour victory, and first since the 2004 Nissan Open, a span of 87 starts.

"Definitely been tough not winning," said Weir, who earned $900,000 to jump from 84th to 33rd on the money list at $1,986,053. "You know, that's what we're all out here to do, and 3 1/2 years has been quite a long time."

Weir secured his long-awaited victory with a 6-foot par putt after hitting his approach on the par-4 18th into a greenside bunker.

"It was gusting across there," he said. "It's pretty open on that green, and my pant legs were whipping pretty good there when I hit that putt. I just told myself to keep my head nice and steady and just try to hit it nice and solid."

Fans serenaded a grinning Weir with a rendition of "O Canada" after he spoke to reporters.

The 2003 Masters champion took the lead with a birdie on the par-4 15th, rolling a chip shot to a foot, then held off Hensby over the final three holes.

"I think the turning point probably in the tourney was 15," Hensby said.

Hensby closed with a 69. He moved up to 99th on the money list, at $969,731, assuring himself of his tour card for next season.

Billy Mayfair, a Scottsdale resident and Arizona State product, shot a 68 to finish third at 10 under. Carl Pettersson, who led after three rounds, and Sean O'Hair tied for fourth at 9 under. Pettersson shot a 74, and O'Hair had a 69.

O'Hair briefly shared the lead after birdieing the 16th. But he double-bogeyed the 17th and bogeyed No. 18 to drop out of contention.

Pettersson opened the day with a one-stroke lead over Hensby and Weir. By the second hole, they were all tied for the lead. But Pettersson dropped another stroke on the par-3 fifth hole, and fell behind by bogeying the 10th, 11th and 12th.

Hensby and Weir dueled the rest of the way, with no more than a shot separating them over the entire round.

That's where Weir's confidence, inspired by his Presidents Cup victory over the world's No. 1 golfer, came to the forefront.

"All of those matches were pressure-packed during the Presidents Cup, and everything about my golf swing felt great," he said. "So I think maybe it did solidify it a little bit, but I've always believed in what I'm doing, that's for sure."

Hensby missed a chance to pull even on the par-4 17th. Weir hit his second shot on a slope to the left of the green, but Hensby's second shot also sailed past the green. Both players chipped within a few feet to save par.

On 18, Hensby had a chance to force a playoff when Weir hit his second shot into a greenside bunker. But Hensby's chance died when his chip shot from an embankment missed by less than a foot and Weir chipped to about 6 feet, then rolled home the winner.

 

 




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