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Mike Weir's Achilles heel

For a little guy who is regarded as a shotmaker, former Masters champion Mike Weir has a surprising weakness in his game. He's not that straight off the tee, which is a major problem if you're also a short hitter. That's what hurt Weir last year at Bethpage Black, where he held the lead after a first-round 64.

Sure enough, Weir's Achilles heel caught up to him on the 18th hole in the first round of the U.S. Open today at Pebble Beach. He held a one-stroke lead on the tee, but the southpaw proceeded to hook his drive into the right rough. From there, Weir hit a hybrid that remained in the rough on the right side before chipping his third into the fairway and trying to save par with his stellar short game. Weir's wedge went beyond the front pin, however, and he two-putted for bogey to finish at 1-under 70 and in a five-way tie for first.

For the round, Weir hit only seven of 14 fairways and nine of 18 greens. He'll have to do better if he wants to remain in contention. By contrast, playing partner K.J. Choi, who also finished at 70, hit 14 of 18 greens and 11 of 14 fairways.


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