Weekley status Same ol Boo heading into Verizon

By Associated PressMarch 3, 2009, 5:00 pm
HILTON HEAD, S.C. ' Its clear PGA Tour success and Ryder Cup stardom havent quashed Boo Weekleys inner good ol boy.
 
Weekley was on hand Monday to talk about his try at Verizon Heritage history and a possible third straight win next month at Harbour Town Golf Links. Weekleys fortunes may have changed in the past year, but his plain-spoken, straight-forward style has not.
 
Boo Weekley 2008 Heritage
Boo Weekley poses with the winner's trophy after winning the 2008 Verizon Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina. (Getty Images)
Weekley joked with surprise as he sat next to his first-place trophy from a year ago: Howd yall get my trophy out of my house?
 
When asked about his growing line of apparel, Weekley ' clad in a camouflage jacket and mesh ball cap ' quipped, Its just clothes, man. Do I look like a fashion guy?
 
Some dont know what to make of Weekley.
 
Is he the talented ball-striker on the rise who earned more than $5 million since 2007 or the fun-loving bumpkin who gleefully goaded the Ryder Cup crowd by riding his driver, Happy Gilmore style.
 
I just play golf, he says.
 
Weekleys rise began at Harbour Town two seasons ago when he chipped in the 71st and 72nd holes to beat Ernie Els by a stroke for his first PGA win.
 
A year later, Weekley did it again, defeating future Ryder Cup teammate Anthony Kim by three strokes. Come April, Weekley will look to be the first to win the tournament three years in a row.
 
And the attempt sounds like itll be vintage Weekley.
 
His wife, Karyn, missed both her husbands wins here and told Boo of her plans to attend this spring. No way, Weekley said. I aint messing up my mojo, he said.
 
Weekley hasnt played much this season. After opening the season in Hawaii, he was off the tour until last weeks Accenture Match Play, where he lost to Sean OHair in the second round.
 
Weekley thinks hes found a home at Harbour Town, and not just because of the small, inviting greens that fit his shot-shaping style. Despite its luxury resort trappings, Weekley says people here are similar to those he grew up with in Milton, Fla.
 
When I come here, it feels like home, Weekley said.
 
His wins here earned him a Ryder Cup spot, where he became one of captain Paul Azingers happiest surprises.
 
Weekley remembers discussing his role with Azinger before the event began.
 
You could stick me out here toting the bags out of the cars if thats what you want, Weekley told Azinger. I just wanted to be part of something.
 
Azinger matched Weekley with J.B. Holmes, Kenny Perry and Jim Furyk.
 
They started calling us the redneck quad, Weekley said, chuckling.
 
Weekley knows fans plug into off-the-cuff personality and down-home demeanor.
 
In tough economic times for golf and its fans'tournament officials expect to raise less for charity than in other years'Weekleys hick-hop attitude could be just what the tour needs, Verizon Heritage tournament director Steve Wilmot said.
 
Were happy to have him, he said.
 
Weekley has made his mark with the Verizon Heritage crowd. He says the PGA Tour is placing more importance on interaction with sponsors and fans.
 
For me, thats pretty easy but for a lot of the other players, it seems like its a hassle, he said. Its something I think weve got to step up and take responsibility for if we want to keep our tour and keep playing for the money were playing for.
 
For a player in his prime, the 35-year-old Weekley shows little of the single-minded drive to improve that hangs off many pros. He feels no added pressure to outdo his big years and become even more successful.
 
I figure if I keep going, Ill win a couple of more, he said.
 
Maybe when he returns to Harbour Town.
 
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    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


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    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

    The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

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    Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

    Lexi Thompson:

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    Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

    By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

    Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

    Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

    Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

    “Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

    Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

    “When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

    Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

    “Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

    In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

    “Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

    Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

    “The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

    Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

    “Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

    Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

    Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

    LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

    Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

    Christina Kim:

    LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

    LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

    LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

    LPGA pro Jennie Lee: