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Mike Weir undergoes elbow surgery, ending another PGA Tour season early

Mike Weir’s season has ended abruptly because of injury for the second year in a row.

The Canadian lefty underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right elbow on Thursday and won’t be ready to return to the PGA Tour until 2012.

The procedure was performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla., and comes with a recovery period of three to six months.

Weir has been battling injury problems for the better part of a year — his 2010 season was cut short by a torn ligament in his right elbow — and hasn’t hit a competitive shot since withdrawing from last month’s RBC Canadian Open.

The former Masters champion has fallen to 539th in the world rankings.

He made just two cuts in 15 PGA Tour events this year and earned US$23,312, managing to break 70 in just one of the 34 rounds he completed.