Category: Boo Weekley


February 28, 2013

Boo Weekley wrangles a snake, fires a 66 at Honda Classic

Posted at 6:02 PM by Ryan Reiterman

P1-BooPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Somebody needs to give Boo Weekley a show on the National Geographic channel. He's boxed an orangutan. He's perfected the alligator call. Now add another title to Weekley's wildlife resume -- snake charmer.

The two-time PGA Tour winner heard some course marshals needed help removing a poisonous water moccasin. That's when Boo came to the rescue.

"He blended in perfectly with the grass, wasn't but 18 inches long, but he was good enough that he could have bit you and hurt you pretty bad," said Weekley in his laid-back, Southern drawl.

"A guy come running up to us right before we teed off and when we got done I told the guy not to worry about it. I took my driver and turned it over and just moved him."

In addition to wrangling a snake, Weekley fired a four-under 66 Thursday at the Honda Classic. It couldn't have come at a better time.

Weekley got into the Honda Classic on a sponsor's exemption, and he made the most of his opportunity with six birdies and two bogeys.

"Right now my putter is feeling good, and if I can get it feeling good and keep it feeling good, I think I'll be right there," Weekley said.

Other highlights from Weekley's press conference ...

On describing a breathing technique he's using while putting: "Kind of like when I'm shooting my guns long range. I have to take a deep breath and exhale and blow it out and then pull the trigger."

On finally being healthy after dealing with a bunch of injuries: "I'm not eating good, but I feel good."

On why he's skipping turkey hunting season: "I'm not much on them turkeys. I have done it a bunch, but I don't have time. I'm more worried about golf. If I can get this taken care of, I can turkey hunt the rest of my life."

April 07, 2011

Truth and Rumors: Study says Masters is easiest major to win

Posted at 11:05 AM by Alan Bastable

Keeping the ball in the short stuff on Augusta’s slippery, sloping fairways? Check. Solving Augusta’s wicked greens? No sweat! Not imploding on Amen Corner on Sunday afternoon as the galleries swell and the pressure mounts? Piece of cake! At least that’s what the stats imply. In a new study by a couple of college finance professors, the Masters has earned the less-than-flattering title of "easiest major to win." Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal has the details:

To draw their conclusions, the researchers gathered the round-by-round results for each player at every tournament from 2003-2009. They plugged this data into a statistical model that estimated how each golfer should have scored in every round of every tournament he participated in based on his skill level, while also factoring in the effects of random variation in scoring. Using their model, they ran 10,000 simulations of each tournament to determine the average minimum score required to win, factoring in the size and overall quality of the field.

The toughest major to bag? That would be the PGA Championship, followed by the U.S. Open and the British Open. The hardest overall tournament to win is the Players Championship. And the easiest is the Puerto Rico Open—although if word gets out, that may not be true for long.

Boo Weekley's book signin'
Two years ago Boo Weekley spent Masters Wednesday at Augusta National preparing to play in the season’s first major. This year he spent Masters Wednesday at a Barnes and Noble promoting his first book, "True Boo—Gator Catching’, Orangutan Boxin’ and My Wild Ride to the PGA Tour."

Boo, who is legally named Thomas Brent Weekley, gave a vivid account of his younger days along with some insight into golf itself which included his part in the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

“There is a bunch of stuff I left out and the reason why I wrote the book, I actually don’t know why,” Weekley said.

Way to sell it, Boo!

Despite being the honorary starter of the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega in 2008 and appearances on television shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Weekley has not changed despite the attention he has enjoyed since being a member of the winning U.S. Ryder Cup team.

“That’s a lot of image I got to uphold,” Weekley said. “And I think that is where my golf game has gone because I have had so many other things where in the past I haven’t had that many things."

One amateur's long, hard road to the Masters
Lion Kim, the reigning U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, is one of six amateurs living the dream this week as a starter in the 2011 Masters. But Lion didn’t roar through the amateur ranks, not even close. Just last summer, the University of Michigan star was ready to quit the game. Pete Bigelow of AnnArbor.com recounts the night Kim broke that sad news to his father, Yong, who cared so much about his son’s results “that he took up smoking to calm his nerves.”

The talk stretched for three hours. Kim told his father that although he sensed improvement in his game, he didn’t see results. After college, he might abandon his childhood dreams of turning pro.

Saddened but supportive, Yong told Lion that he believed in him no matter what, that he was proud of him, that he always gave it his best.

Then he delivered the line that resonated. “He said, ‘You are 21,’” Lion Kim said. “He said, ‘If this is your dream, you’re a little young to give up on it.’”

Two days later and still feeling discouraged about his future, Kim and his dad left on a trip that changed the course of his career. They drove from their home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to Greensboro, N.C., where Yong attended a business meeting and Lion played in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

“I basically went into that tournament with the mentality of no expectations, nothing,” he said. “I wanted to enjoy myself. That was it. If I played bad, oh well.”

Kim won, and today's he playing in the Masters.

January 19, 2011

What to Watch For: Thursday at the Bob Hope Classic

Posted at 11:33 PM by Ryan Reiterman

A Resurgent Boo Weekley
Boo After playing on the victorious 2008 Ryder Cup team, Boo Weekley's game hasn't been the same. He's battled a sore shoulder and struggled to keep a positive attitude. But Weekley recharged his battery hunting in the offseason, and he says he's come into 2011 feeling healthy and ready to win again.

A two-time winner at Hilton Head, Weekley says he's hitting the ball great but not making any putts. So for the first time since 2006, he put a new putter in his bag and shot a 7-under 65 Wednesday at the Palmer Private course.

"You got to change it up every now and then," Weekley said. "You got to change the look up. And it's helped out."

Can Lamely Go the Distance?
With the Bob Hope Classic lasting five days, it's no surprise only 12 of the 52 first-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win. While Derek Lamely (63) isn't a household name, he is part of an interesting piece of trivia. Lamely (Puerto Rico Open) and Rory McIlroy (Quail Hollow) were the only rookies to win on Tour last year.

Like Weekley, Lamely made an equipment change for the Bob Hope. Lamely said for the first time in his career he's carrying a hybrid in his bag.

"I've never been able to hit one," Lamely said. "I finally got a good one, and I hit such a good shot with that club today."

A Red Hot Matt Kuchar
Kuchar won the money title last year in his breakout season, and he's showing no signs of stopping in 2011. Kuchar is only three shots off the lead after opening with a 66 at Silver Rock, and he has already notched top-10 finishes this year at the Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open.

More from the Bob Hope Classic: Leaderboard | Photos | Recap

(Photo: Chris Carlson/AP)

January 13, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Boo Weekley says 'the old Boo' is back

Posted at 12:16 PM by Ryan Reiterman

After back-to-back wins at Hilton Head and scoring 2 1/2 points for the victorious 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup team, Boo Weekley has only four top 10s in the past two seasons. Fortunately, everyone's favorite orangutan fighter is coming out swinging in 2011. The Pensacola News Journal caught up with Boo as he prepares to start his season this week at the Sony Open, and he said he's ready to be his old self again, even if it means ruffling a few blazers in Ponte Vedra.

"I'm ready to get back to the old Boo and play golf, show a little more attitude on the golf course," said Weekley, who makes his 2011 debut at the Sony Open in Hawaii on Thursday. "Once you get out there (on the PGA Tour) they lure you into their perspective of how things should be done on tour — You can't act up, you can't do this, you can't do that. I'm ready to get back to being who I really am on the golf course. If I want to throw a golf club, I'll throw the (darn) thing. If I want to beat my bag ... I know they don't want to see that, but hey, that's me."

It's also good to hear Boo worked on his game during the holidays, something he said he's never done, and he also played practice rounds on the Bob Hope courses in California before heading over to Hawaii. Hopefully the work pays off. Boo is one of the most entertaining players on and off the course. Here's a small sample below from the 2008 Ryder Cup.

Them's the Rules
ESPN's Bob Harig talked with PGA Tour rules official Geoff Russell and the USGA's Mike Davis about Camilo Villegas's DQ at Kapalua. Harig poses the question a lot of people are asking: Why not just assess the penalty to his score and let him play?

"We have had formal requests to review that," Davis said of both the USGA and the R&A, which governs the game outside of the United States and Mexico. "We've gotten it from the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour … and we have looked at it. One thing that has been proposed is assessing the penalty, and then adding an additional 2-stroke penalty -- so it would be a total of 4 strokes [if the penalty came to light after the card was signed]. At least the player would still be in the field.

"We looked at it long and hard. At the end of the day, it just didn't gain traction. There are just so many ramifications. We don't really like how the golf world is viewing these type of things, but at the end of the day, it is the players' responsibility to know the rules."

There is nothing stopping the PGA Tour from instituting a local rule that is not covered in the USGA rule book.

But good luck with that.

"We could do that, but I don't know if we want to do that," Russell said. "It just doesn't work like that."

Storyteller
There are 26 rookies this week at the Sony Open, and with the pro-am washed out on Wednesday, Golfweek's Jim McCabe used the opportunity to ask Jim Furyk about his first event as a rookie.

Prepared to warm up in a traditional manner, meaning he took out his wedge, Furyk surveyed a hard right-to-left wind he was going to hit into and took aim at a flag to his left.

“I hit it really fat . . . I blew all this dirt and sand up in the air and it just coated the guy next to me,” he said.

Furyk looked and was sick to discover it was Lanny Wadkins, sort of an iconic figure on the PGA Tour back then, renowned for being the ultimate no-nonsense guy.

Tweet of the Day

Barnes @RealRickyBarnes: Pulled out of the Sony. I will b[e] back soon either Bob Hope or Farmers in San Diego. Back was bothering me a bit but another weeks Rest need[ed]

June 08, 2010

Truth and Rumors: Players don't bother to qualify for U.S. Open at Pebble

Posted at 1:54 PM by Michael Chwasky

There was a time when winning a major was every pro golfer's dream, but it seems those days have gone by the wayside as a number of players including Jason Day, Boo Weekley, Fredrik Jacobson and Brett Wetterich decided to take a pass on U.S. Open qualifying. Nathan Green's take on the importance of competing in the tournament, as reported by geoffshackelford.com, seems to indicate that maybe some players don't see our national championship as a whole lot of fun: 

"I'm really not that interested in playing it," Green said. "I'd rather sit home on the couch and watch soccer than beat my head against a brick wall for four days."

A veteran Tour caddie summed it up best: "Let's face it, it proves some of these guys make too much money." 

Jim Nantz, Bette Midler, upstage Rose's win at Memorial 

This year's Memorial Tournament had some great storylines, including Rickie Barnes shooting 62 in the third round, rookie sensation Rickie Fowler leading for 48 holes and Justin Rose carding a final round 66 to capture his first PGA Tour victory. But for those who watched the TV coverage, the biggest story might be Jim Nantz reaching a new level on the corn-o-meter with an impromptu recitation of Bette Midler's The Rose. Here are Midler's/Nantz' exact words: 

This is the putt that wrapped it up. And what's that Bette Midler song? How does that go? Think about his journey here. When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long ... Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows lies the seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes the rose

In case you missed it: 

The bottom line: Jim, stop it. 

Mickelson tunes up his game in preparation for Pebble

We all know the U.S. Open's notoriously tough setups typically favor players who keep the ball in the fairway and hit a lot of greens. Hale Irwin, Ben Hogan, Tom Kite, and Jim Furyk come to mind. Phil Mickelson obviously has never been this type of player, as illustrated by his now infamous blowup on the 72nd hole at Winged Foot in the '06 Open. However, Phil fans will take solace in knowing that Lefty used the recent Memorial Tournament to practice some high-percentage shots he's developed specifically for this year's Open. Here's one that's sure to come in handy on Sunday at Pebble: 

April 15, 2010

Truth and Rumors: Tiger and Elin breaking up?

Posted at 12:34 PM by Gary Van Sickle

People reporting on future of Tiger's marriage
It may be stating the obvious, something that People magazine excels at, but its sources say the Tiger Woods-Elin Nordegren marriage is all but over. Not only did Elin not attend the Masters, but she was also reportedly outraged by the controversial Nike commercial that included a voiceover by his late father. People said Elin flew out of Florida, leaving her two children behind with nannies, for an unknown destination.

"Elin was violently angry over this commercial and thought it was a cheesy thing to do," one friend tells PEOPLE. "She wouldn't have gone near the Masters under any condition, but that just made her madder. She is over Tiger. I wouldn't be surprised if she files for divorce sometime soon."

So far, though, it's only been talk among friends. No legal papers have been filed, and it hasn't even been confirmed that she's retained a divorce attorney.

Still, another friend says Nordegren has run out of patience with Woods, taking offense with his return to golf – she had been led to believe he was going to take more time off.

"She's so far beyond hurt now. If she were angry or if she hated him, they might still have a chance to work it out. But she's beyond that. She's numb. She just doesn't care anymore. She's like, 'Whatever.' Elin's not the type to get all weepy or have pity parties for herself. She mourned the loss of this marriage, and now she's moving on. It's the only thing she can do."

Rice's Nationwide debut
Jerry Rice is going to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, but first he's going to take a shot at professional golf. Rice thinks he's good enough to compete, and since he's hosting this week's Nationwide Tour event -- the Fresh Express Classic in Hayward, Calif. -- he took one of the tournament's exemptions. Art Spander covered Rice's delusionary plans for the San Francisco Examiner:

Rice showed up at Stanford Golf Course maybe 15 years ago to hit a few balls, and an undergrad named Tiger Woods asked him if he wanted a game. Jerry declined, explaining he wasn't very good and didn't want to embarrass himself.

"Next time," Rice told Golf Digest magazine, "I'll say yes."

He said Tuesday in a conference call that he just hopes to make the cut.

"These guys are really good golfers," Rice said. Not that anyone doubted it. Some 70 percent of the players on the PGA Tour had their start with the Nationwide, including recent major winners, Zach Johnson (2007 Masters) and Lucas Glover (2009 U.S. Open).

"To line up against these guys," confirmed Rice, "I'm honored ... I can hold my own."

Rice is wrong about holding his own. He has said his best score is 68. If his average score was 68, then he could hold his own. Thinking he's got a chance to make the cut indicates that he has no idea about the quality of play on the Nationwide Tour or about what it's like to compete in a serious golf competition. This isn't "Dancing With the Stars," Jerry. You're probably not breaking 80 in either round, but thanks for hosting the event, and thanks for taking up a spot in the field that a real player could've used.

Harbour Town looking for a sponsor
The Harbour Town lighthouse is a symbol as well known as any on the PGA Tour. The Heritage has been a stop on the tour for 42 years, and it's had financial issue before, but like a lot of other tour events the future is  mostly cloudy. Rex Hoggard outlines the challenges on GolfChannel.com:

The Heritage's days may be numbered. Late last year Verizon, the title sponsor since 2006 when Verizon Business purchased MCI, pulled the corporate plug after this week's cocktail party, and despite the best efforts of tournament director Steve Wilmot, a cozy home and a unique slot on the schedule, no one in corporate America has come buying.

"We have a unique product and a special event, a lot of things on our side but it's a difficult economy," Wilmot said.

Last month Wilmot said he'd pieced together enough zeroes, between $7 million and $8 million, to assure the tournament's existence through 2011 but the Tour seems lukewarm to stopgap measures. Even the South Carolina legislature got into the act, earmarking a $10 million loan to keep the event going through next year.

Simply put, find a sponsor or find yourself the Champions Tour's newest stop. The Buick Open was played for the last time last year. The Milwaukee stop became a footnote in 2009. Seems the modern Tour has little use for charm when cash is king.

"You don't get a smile at every event," said Boo Weekley, the circuit's quintessential son of the south and a two-time winner at Harbour Town. "This week and next week in New Orleans . . . they were put together. You've got the camaraderie of the south. To me it's about playing the game. It's not about how much money you can make."

Bless his deep-fried heart, but it is likely Weekley is in the minority in this respect. Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has been clear on this, there will be no retreat in purses. Not on his watch. All of which means the cruel combination of a bear economy and a Draconian business model could cost the circuit one of the most-looked-forward-to stops of the year.

Weekley's shoulder has hurt his game
Speaking of Weekley, Alan Blondin has an update on him for the Sun News. You were wondering what ever happened to the man who reminded some of Jethro from the Beverly HIllbillies? Weekley, a highlight of the U.S. Ryder Cup victory in 2008, suffered a partial tear of the labrum in his left shoulder last May at the Players. He has struggled ever since he got hurt.

"It feels like it's been an uphill climb ever since, my ball-striking, my driving. Every stat that I felt that I was good at has gone downhill. Now I feel like I've got to climb my way back up out of it. No, golf ain't been fun lately, not for a while."

If there's a venue that can assist in Weekley's quest to make the game more enjoyable, it's Harbour Town Golf Links. Weekley has played in the Verizon Heritage three times. He earned his only two PGA Tour wins in his first two visits in 2007 and 2008, chipping in on the final two holes to earn his first title and winning by three strokes in the encore. He tied for 13th last year, and his highest score in 12 Heritage rounds is a 1-over-par 72.

"I've got the feeling that this week is the week I come back, that I feel like I can do something," Weekley said. "... It's good to always come back to a place where you won. I'm hoping I can carry that trend, keep the mojo going this year. It's been a struggle so far this year, I'm hoping to find something here to turn it around."

Gay's wife offers her take on Tour life, Verizon Heritage
One way to add to the down-home charm of the Heritage Classic is a personal touch. Kimberly Gay, wife of defending champion Brian Gay, is writing a diary for the Hilton Head Island Packet. According to Kimberly's diary, The Gays are still recovering from their first Masters appearance.

The par-3 contest Wednesday at the Masters was one of life's great highlights, really. To see our girls caddying for Brian and see how they enjoyed that experience was just awesome.

Then, Brian was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame, so we had a party on Friday night. We decked out the house we were staying in with orange and blue, and we were staying in a Georgia Bulldogs fan's house, so thank goodness they weren't home.

And then this week started with the opening ceremonies for the Heritage, and that was just a huge thing for us as a family. We decided to deck everybody out in tartan plaid and show support for this community that is working so hard to keep this event alive...The parade certainly brought tears to my eyes behind the sunglasses. We love it here, and to be a part of that in the way we were was just a great way to start the week.

April 16, 2009

Forget Man vs. Wild, golf has Boo vs. Wild

Posted at 1:52 PM by Mike Walker

If Boo Weekley had his own TV show (and who wouldn't watch that?), it would be on the Discovery Channel, not the Golf Channel. After getting a turtle to scare Anthony Kim at the Wachovia Championship last year, Boo's now offering advice on how to fend off South Carolina no-see-um bugs at Harbour Town this week.

You just take a little napkin and pour some Listerine onto it, and pat yourself down on your arms, and just pat it around the side of your head and ears and everywhere, and you should be fine.

It makes me smell good, too. And if you can got bad breath, you can just lick it off my arms and I can fix that, too.

I've tried using Scope but they [insects] like Scope so why would you put Scope on your body when Listerine works?

Watch out, Bear Grylls.

April 09, 2009

Boo Weekley will be easy to spot

Posted at 8:58 AM by David Dusek

Boo-Camo-Cleveland-Hat AUGUSTA, Ga. — Back in January at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Cleveland Golf representatives approached Boo Weekley with the idea of wearing a special hat on the opening day of the Masters.

A well-known hunter and outdoorsman, Weekley had no issue with the idea of wearing a safety-orange camouflage hat, so look for him to don this lovely number today.

October 07, 2008

Boo Weekley gallops onto the Tonight Show

Posted at 9:24 AM by Golf.com

Boo Weekley, who made quite an impression at the Ryder Cup this year, made an appearance on Leno last Thursday. His entrance was reminiscent of his gallop down the fairway during the Sunday singles matches last month, and he was as big a hit on late night TV as he was at Valhalla.

September 19, 2008

Despite success, Holmes and Weekley show they have a lot to learn

Posted at 9:49 PM by David Dusek

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — J.B. Holmes and Boo Weekley have a down-home style that clicks with the Louisville crowds. On the driving range Friday afternoon, Holmes was bombarding the stage where the opening ceremonies were held on Thursday. It was about about 325 yards away, and the grandstands erupted in cheers every time Holmes bounced one off the roof.

As Weekley practiced his putting, a man wearing a camouflage hat said to his pal, "Man, I love Boo. He's wearing blue pants, black shoes and white tube socks!" With a Tennessee accent, his friend replied, "Hell, he's just happy he found a pair of socks."

Everywhere the pair went during their four-ball match against Lee Westwood and Soren Hansen on Friday, choruses of "Boooooo" filled the in the air. Holmes, who was an All-American at the University of Kentucky, was greeted with hollers of "Go Cats!"

But for all the flag-waving and cheering the pair incited, Holmes and Weekley's inexperience was glaringly evident in two key situations.

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