Mike Weir, of Canada, hits his second shot on the first fairway during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 5, 2012, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Sandy resident Mike Weir, who won the 2003 Masters, has had a tough go the past couple of years as he has battled injuries and inconsistent play on the PGA Tour.

However, he got hot on the back nine during Thursday's Masters at Augusta National and finished with perhaps his best round in a couple of years with an even-par 72. That puts him in a tie for 30th place heading into the second round and just five shots off the lead of Lee Westwood.

Weir stood 3-over par for the day after making bogeys at holes, No. 7, 10 and 11. However, he made a birdie 2 at No. 12, then added birdies at the two back-nine par-5s, 13 and 15, and parred out from there.

After having elbow surgery last summer, Weir has played in just four events on the PGA Tour this year and missed the cut in all four. His scoring average for the year was 75.56 coming into the Masters. Last year, Weir made just two cuts in 13 tournaments and made just $23,312. At the 2011 Masters he had rounds of 76 and 79 and missed the cut.

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