Tuesday, March 19

Is Boo Back?

Boo Weekley
REMEMBER BOO WEEKLEY? IT LOOKS LIKE he's got the sticks working nicely again. While Kevin Streelman went about winning the Tampa Bay Championship, his first PGA Tour victory in 153 starts, Weekley vaulted up the leaderboard with a final-round 63 to finish second.

There are a lot of 63s on the tour these days, but not at the ridiculous Copperhead Course. "What a round by Boo Weekley," tweeted Hunter Mahan. "-8 on that track is filthy!"

At GOLF.com, Gary Van Sickle tells why Boo is one-of-a-kind and good for the game.
He is Boo Weekley, American character and golf folk hero. He’s Jed Clampett meets Larry the Cable Guy. He’s funny when he wants to be and sometimes even when he doesn’t. When he shot a remarkable 63 here Sunday at Innisbrook and was in danger of maybe winning the Tampa Bay Championship, it was a beautiful reminder that, hey, golf misses Boo Weekley. He’s as honest and straightforward as a stick of beef jerky and possibly the most polite man on the PGA Tour, even at age 39. No one uses “Sir” with more regularity or authenticity than Boo. You have to like him. It’s pretty much a rule.
So, is Boo back? Van Sickle thinks so.
Boo is back. He’s not back with a victory, which would’ve been sweet. When he posted his 63, the leaders were only on the seventh hole. As it turned out, Kevin Streelman birdied two of the last six holes to edge past Boo and win by two.
He pretended to be slightly miffed that his good play messed up his plans. Boo was going to finish the TBC fourth round early, then drive over to Orlando and do some fishing at Bay Hill. The 63 put him in the lead, so he was going to have to wait around to see if he might be in a playoff. So, no fishing. Asked if he was going to wait, he broke into a grin and replied, “Oh, I’ll wait.”
Since being slowed down by injuries and surgery in 2009, Weekley has gone mostly missing. But he's been working with a swing coach and his ball striking is reminiscent of those good 'ol 2008 days. Remember Valhalla?

Boo sounds hopeful. “I’m gettin’ there. Maybe a couple more showins’ and I’ll believe even more. Maybe I’ll be tryin’ that Ryder Cup out again, you never know.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes! I love Boo Weekley's swing-one of the best ball strikers on tour. Good to see him playing well.