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Bricia Weir shares in her husbands success

Mon, 02 Mar 2009 23:12:48

Mike Weir's name goes on the trophy, again, at the Nissan Open. He hit the shots, made the putts and outlasted the late afternoon charge from Shigeki Maruyama.

But no golfer does it all himself. On Weir's vast support team, the most visible member is his friend and caddy Brennan Little. But there are personal trainers, therapists, a swing coach, equipment guy, a good-thoughts guru, agents, you name it. That's life in golf's big leagues these days.

Most valuable part of his team, though, was outside the ropes, on tiptoes at times, trying to catch a glimpse of the action or, occasionally, her husband's eye. Weir's wife Bricia, born in Southeast Los Angeles, one of this crazy town's less affluent areas, flew in Sunday morning from their Utah home for the coronation, however tenuous Maruyama made it at times.

"This is my hometown. That's why I'm so excited. I've got so many friends out here with me, even one of my favourite high-school teachers,'' she said.

Just as he did on the Saturday last year at the Masters, when he felt a win coming on, Weir wanted Bricia here. She wanted to share in it, too, because much of his success is hers, too.

"Yes, I do feel that way,'' Bricia Weir, 33, said as she walked the Riviera. "I've been there since the beginning, when we couldn't afford a caddy and I had to carry the bag. Mike has worked so hard to get where he is. But we're a team. We've come a long way together.

"My personal growth is not based on his success. I've made a lot of sacrifices in my life and he understands that.''

This is a part of sports in this new century, too.

Athletic careers last only so long and between child rearing and the travel demands of professional athletes, few athletes' wives can pursue their own career at the same time their husbands' big-money career window is open.

Bricia, who earned a degree from Brigham Young University in social work, spent five years in child protection services before becoming a full-time mother - one who still finds time to ski and to train for marathons, L.A. last year and Salt Lake City this year.

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