Weekley On the Verge of a Repeat

By Associated PressApril 19, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 Verizon HeritageHILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Defending champion Boo Weekley continued his remarkable run at Harbour Town Golf Links, using a stretch of five straight birdies to move in front Saturday in the Verizon Heritage.
 
Weekley shot a 6-under 65 to reach 15 under and move three strokes ahead of Anthony Kim (67) and five in front of Aaron Baddeley (67), Jason Bohn (67) and Cliff Kresge (68). Second-round leader Lucas Glover shot a 73 to drop seven shots back.
 
Weekley chipped in on the 71st and 72nd holes a year ago to beat Ernie Els for his first PGA TOUR victory. The good-natured, self-proclaimed country boy from the Florida Panhandle hasnt slowed down in his return.
 
No ones had a better start than Weekley at Pete Dyes menacing masterpiece of tight fairways, smallish greens and railroad ties.
 
Weekleys got a sting of seven straight rounds in the 60s. That tied Greg Norman for second all-time at Harbour Town behind Nick Prices nine in a row.
 
Those major champions had made several Harbour Town starts before their streaks began. Weekley hadnt teed it up here until last year.
 
Weekley started the day a stroke behind Glover. Weekley fell two back after finding the sand on the par-5 second hole and settling for par while Glover made birdie.
 
Then Weekleys run began with'what else?'a chip in on the par-3 fourth.
 
A two-putt birdie on the par-5 fifth followed. Weekley stuck his approach on the next hole to 7 feet for a third straight birdie and a tie with Glover.
 
Weekley moved in front on the seventh with a 10-foot birdie putt.
 
When Weekley rolled home a 20-footer on the eighth, he was two shots in front.
 
Weekley pumped his fist and pointed as the fans chanted Boooo! Boooo!
 
The streak ended on the ninth when Weekley saved par out of the sand.
 
He stretched his lead to three shots with a birdie on the 12th hole.
 
Weekleys lone boo-boo came four holes later, his approach to No. 16 skidding off the green and near the 17th tee to lead to bogey. He made it back on the closing, lighthouse hole, rolling in a 6-footer for a three-shot edge.
 
Kim, a second-year pro seeking his first PGA TOUR win, was the only one who kept pace with Weekley. Starting two shots off the lead, Kim made eagle on the second and stayed close with two birdies on the front.
 
The 22-year-old nearly saw it fall apart, dunking his tee shot on the 10th hole into the water. But he chipped in to save par.
 
Kim also saved par from off the green on the 18th to remain two shots behind.
 
Does anyone have chance of halting Weekleys run?
 
Its going to depend on him, really, said Baddeley, the 2006 Verizon Heritage winner.
 
Weekley swore a year ago as he sat with the champions plaid jacket he wouldnt change because of success. He was true to his word.
 
Weekley charmed the galleries again with his folksy, good ol golfer outlook.
 
He teed it up with his mother, Patsy, in Wednesdays pro-am, then got angry, he says, when she outdrove him on the first hole.
 
He took time during the second round to smooth a bunker on the 16th hole. I aint too good to rake a bunker, Weekley said simply.
 
When asked where his garish checked winners coat was, he smiled and said it was packed up in his mamas car after he wore it to march around the lagoon, Weekleys description of the tournaments opening ceremonies.
 
He chewed tobacco during his round. As he approached the 18th tee, Weekley told a little girl who wanted a golf ball, Let me hit it and Ill bring one back.
 
Weekley delivered on his promise, as he has the past two years at Harbour Town.
 
Divots
Jim Furyk, at No. 9 in the world the highest ranked golfer left here, shot a 68 and was five shots behind at 9-under. Five-time Verizon Heritage winner Davis Love III shot a 69, his 43rd career sub-70 round. He first played here in 1986. Of the 37 golfers who played the Masters last week and then came here, 26 made the cut.
 
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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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    Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.