Mike Weir makes first worldwide cut since November 2014 in Sicily
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 19/05/17 7:52pm
Former Masters champion Mike Weir has made the halfway cut for the first time since November 2014 after a strong finish to his second round at the Rocco Forte Open.
The Canadian followed on from his opening-round 67 by birdieing his penultimate hole on Friday to post a one-under 70 at Verdura Golf Club, seeing him make the weekend on the mark at five under.
Weir has struggled for form since elbow surgery in 2011 and announced an indefinite leave of absence from the sport in 2015, with the former world No 3 having failed to make the weekend in his previous 33 worldwide starts.
The 47-year-old no longer holds any status on the PGA Tour and hasn't any playing privileges on the European Tour, with Weir relying on a tournament invite to appear in Sicily this week.
Beginning the second round six strokes off the pace, Weir birdied two of his opening six holes but reached the turn in 36 after racking up a triple-bogey seven at the 18th.
The left-hander picked up shots at the second and fifth to move back inside the cut mark, before cancelling out a blemish at the eighth by birdieing the next to end the day under par.
Weir - now world No 1907 - will tee off alongside Sweden's Oscar Lengden on Saturday, with the pair 10 strokes adrift of midway pacesetter Alvaro Quiros.
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