Ardmore, Pa. • A decade ago, the pressure nearly suffocating, Mike Weir sank a similarly huge 8-foot putt to stay alive. That one, putting him into a playoff with Len Mattiace, ultimately resulted in the Sandy native donning the coveted green jacket as Masters champion.
This one, though, here at the U.S. Open at Merion, wasn't half bad, as the 43-year-old Weir needed to hole another 8-footer on the final hole simply to make the cut. Then, playing late in the day at the opposite end of the leaders, Weir, finally worn down from the effects of 26 grueling holes and an exhausting day, finished at 5-over 75 and 13 over for the tournament.
"I can hardly remember that far back," laughed Weir, who'll have to carry the Utah banner solo, after Jay Don Blake failed to make the cut. "I feel like I've been here 15-16 hours.