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Tour Rookie Calls Out Former Masters Champ Mike Weir for WD

Should Mike Weir Have Been Called Out for a WD?
South African PGA Tour rookie Dawie van der Walt called out veteran Mike Weir over Twitter for withdrawing from the RBC Heritage after shooting a 78 during the first round. Was it legitimate?

Isn't golf supposed to be a gentleman's game?

Tour veteran Mike Weir withdrew from this week's RBC Heritage after shooting an opening-round 78 on Thursday, and Dawie van der Walt let him have it.

A 33-year-old Tour rookie from South Africa, van der Walt was the second alternate for this week's Tour stop, so he took to Twitter after learning of Weir's early exit to air some sour grapes.

"Gota (sic) love a guy who gets an invite into a Tour event and then WD after the first round," van der Walt wrote, employing the hashtag, "#hangitupmike."

Challenged to explain his remarks, Van der Walt later added: "I should not have said that its [sic] nothing against him it's just when you [sic] hurt and WD and other [sic] could have played."

Both tweets were later deleted.

Weir, a former Masters champion playing on a major medical exemption, did not cite an injury upon his withdrawl. According to the Golf Channel, the 45-year-old Canadian has either withdrawn or missed the cut in each of his last 24 starts and hasn't even broken par in any of his 12 competitive rounds so far this year.

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