Boo Remains in the Hunt

By Brian HewittFebruary 21, 2008, 5:00 pm
2007- WGC-AccentureTUCSON, Ariz. -- Boo Weekley, who loves to hunt and fish, is just happy he never shot a crow growing up in rural Florida.
 
When Weekley was, in his words, a youngun (which is different from a young gun), he once boasted to his great granddaddy that he had shot a blackbird.
 
Great grandfather explained to Boo that if you shoot, and kill, one of gods creatures, you have to eat it. So he had to.
 
Blackbird Weekley said Thursday, is awful, dude. You ought to try eating that thing.
 
Which brings us back to crow. If Boo had ever plugged one, he would have.yes.had to eat crow.
 
And none of this would be the least bit relevant if Weekley hadnt bagged Sergio Garcia, 3 and 1, in the second round of the WGC Accenture World Match Play.
 
For his part, Garcia will be excused if hes feeling a little bit stalked, right about now, by Weekley. You see Garcia and Weekley were paired in the third round of the PGA Championship last August. Weekley sizzled to a 65. Garcia shot 74.
 
Problem was, Weekley added Garcias score incorrectly. Garcia didnt catch the mistake and he signed for 73. That got him disqualified. Weekley said he never was very good at math. Garcia didnt say much of anything.
 
The two found themselves in the same group again several weeks later on Thursday and Friday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Weekley, who will never be confused with Archimedes, made mistakes on Garcias card both days. Fortunately for everybody concerned, PGA TOUR officials caught the errors before Garcia signed his card.
 
Man, thats water under the bridge, dude, Weekley said, when asked if the subject came up with Garcia Thursday.
 
Garcia had other worries. He needed two putters in his bag Wednesday to win his opener against John Senden. And when his lead was 2-up after 10 holes against Weekley, his decision to go with one putter in Round 2 looked like the right one.
 
Weekley responded with four birdies in the last six holes to close out Garcia. And quicker than you can say Robert Duvall, the countrified Weekley was lighting it up again for the appreciative boys in the pressroom.
 
Duvall is the underappreciated actor who famously delivered the line, I love the smell of napalm in the morning, in the movie, Apocalypse Now.
 
Asked to name his favorite sport, moments after advancing into Fridays round of 16, Weekley said, Id have to say hunting. I love the smell of that gunpowder burning. You just shoot and hear the noise.
 
The more you listen to Boo Weekley, the more you have to fight the urge to celebrate him as a caricature, forgetting his enormous ability to properly strike the ball.
 
Hes a very, very good golfer, Boo, said Colin Montgomerie, who also won his second match Thursday. Fantastic.
 
Then the voluble Montgomerie, also something of cartoon character on occasion, caught himself. I cant call him Boo. What is his name? It cant be Boo can it?
 
According to sources, its Thomas Brent Weekley. Now Montgomerie can sleep at night. Meanwhile, Monty predicted Weekley will make captain Paul Azingers American Ryder Cup team in September. Which means Boo will have to brush up on the nuances of match play.
 
On the first hole of his Wednesday victory over Germanys Martin Kaymer, Weekley didnt know he could concede a 1-footer. Kaymer gave him a funny look. Somebody finally clued Boo in on the protocol. And he apologized to Kaymer. I mean, after I told him, Hey, man. I didnt know the rule. He was OK with that.
 
Just about everybody, save the good folks whom advocate animals rights, are OK with Boo Weekley, the 44th ranked golfer in the world.
 
It aint about the killing, Boo tried to explain Thursday when the subject circled back to hunting. We aint going to kill nothing unless were going to eat it.
 
Boo Weekley learned that lesson the hard way.
 
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    Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

    New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

    The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

    "Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

    It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

    Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.



    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”



    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.