Weir hopes lucky beard helps bring Barclays victory

Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:29pm EDT
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PARAMUS, New Jersey (Reuters) - Canadian Mike Weir has got his game face on, sporting a beard to emulate his ice hockey heroes as he makes a push for victory at the Barclays Classic, opening event of the FedExCup playoffs.

Weir shot a third-round 67 on Saturday to stand one stroke behind leader Kevin Streelman at Ridgewood Country Club.

"After the PGA I had a family vacation, my kids and I and some friends. We went down to a lake in southern Utah and just didn't have a razor," 2003 Masters champion Weir told reporters.

"I got home and thought, you know what, it's the playoffs. I guess the old hockey player in me thought we'll keep it out there," he said about the grizzled look favored by some hockey players heading into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Weir, who stood at seven-under-par 206, was right where he like to be. Seven of his eight PGA Tour victories have come from behind.

The four-event FedExCup culminates in the Tour Championship with the points leader winning a $10 million prize.

(Writing by Larry Fine, Editing by John O'Brien)