Things didn't go well for Mike Weir in the first round of the 2016 RBC Heritage on Thursday, with the 2003 Masters winner shooting 7-over 78 at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Weir withdrew after the round, where he was 131st out of 132 players. The Canadian's decision to bail out for reasons unknown didn't go over well with PGA Tour rookie Dawie van der Walt. The 33-year-old took to Twitter to share his displeasure with Weir, who played on a sponsor's exemption from Royal Bank of Canada, getting out of Dodge.
"Gota (sic) love a guy who gets an invite into a Tour event and then WD after the first round #hangitupmike," tweeted Van der Walt, according to Golf Channel. The message was ultimately deleted, and van der Walt has admitted in follow-up tweets that he shouldn't have said what he did.
van der Walt, who has made seven of 13 cuts this season as a rookie, was the second alternate into this week's field.
Weir is playing on the PGA Tour this season on a major medical exemption, but the 45-year-old's efforts to get back into form are not going well. Weir has failed to break par in any of 12 competitive rounds in 2016. He hasn't made it to the weekend in his last 24 starts since last playing the final two rounds to finish T-21 at the no-cut CIMB Classic in October 2014.
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