Weekley Repeats at Verizon Heritage

By Associated PressApril 20, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 Verizon HeritageHILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Boo Weekley won his second straight Verizon Heritage'and didnt need any dramatic chip-ins to do it.
Weekley captured his second career PGA TOUR title at Harbour Town Golf Links on Sunday, shooting an even-par 71 for a three-shot victory over Anthony Kim (71) and Aaron Baddeley (69).
A year ago, Weekley needed miraculous chips on the 71st and 72nd holes to edge Ernie Els by a stroke. In this one, Weekley took a three-shot lead into the final round and watched it grow by mostly staying trouble free, and seeing competitors struggle to try and catch up.
It was a lot easier than last year, wasnt it? a smiling Weekley said to his group on the 17th hole after his routine par.
Kim trailed by three at the start and, paired with Weekley, was in the best spot to pressure the leader. But Kims chance at a first PGA TOUR title disappeared with a double bogey on the par-4 ninth.
Jim Furyk, ranked ninth in the world, was the hardest charger early, cutting a six-stroke deficit in half with three birdies in the first five holes. Furyk, though, fell back with a bogey on the 11th.
He shot a 69 to finish fourth, his third top-five finish in the past four Verizon Heritages.
No one else, including former Verizon Heritage champs Baddeley and Stewart Cink, could make a run at Weekley.
I just struggled, Weekley said. I reckon everybody struggled.
Not that Weekley didnt add his own pizazz to the round. He made bogey on No. 8 after botching a chip, then looked in trouble on the 10th with a difficult pitch over a bunker. And Weekley killed it'right into the cup for a birdie that put him up by five.
Weekley grinned as the gallery chanted his name over and over.
He did it again four holes later, slam dunking a 30-footer for birdie from the fringe that if it didnt hit the cup might have rolled into the water off the edge of the peninsula green.
Again, the crowd ate it up as Weekley pumped his fists in celebration.
Weekley earned $990,000, and a second straight invitation to the Masters. He tied for 20th at Augusta National to miss qualifying for 2009.
The even-par finishing round ended Weekleys string of seven rounds here in the 60s.
Weekleys the first with consecutive victories here since five-time winner Davis Love III in 1991 and 1992. The late Payne Stewart (1989, 1990) was the only other to go back-to-back at Harbour Towns history.
Both those stars had played this tournament several times before that success. Weekley just teed it up here for the first time last year.
Perhaps more important for him, Weekley can revel in his Harbour Town title for another year.
Hes charmed the galleries with his Hee Haw demeanor in a country club world full of starched collars and hushed tones.
He proudly calls himself a redneck. He chews tobacco at times during his round. Its just a habit, he says. Its a bad one, but its a habit.
Weekleys just as likely to rake a bunker or give a ball to a young fan'as he did to one adorable blonde pre-schooler during Saturdays round'as to shoo away autograph seekers.
What would you expect from some one who got his nickname from Yogi Bears cartoon sidekick, Boo Boo.
Its clear that Weekley knows Harbour Town better than your aa-ver-age golfer.
Davis Love III was in line for his first top 10 on the PGA TOUR since last August. However, the five-time Harbour Town winner played the back nine in 6-over 41. He finished tied for 36th. Nick Dougherty withdrew before the final round due to a family illness. The Englishman had been nine shots in back of leader Boo Weekley after three rounds.
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