Boo Weekley The Anti-Tiger

By Brian HewittAugust 11, 2007, 4:00 pm
PGA ChampionshipTULSA, Okla. -- Tiger Woods inexorable march to his 13th major championship has been the dominant theme of the 89th PGA Championship that will likely conclude tomorrow in a blaze of glory.
 
What we know for sure is it will conclude in a blaze of something, because at least one weather forecaster has predicted the heat index will reach 113 degrees.
 
Until that time we will have to be content with the sideshows. So far they have been pretty good. Thursday brought us John Dalys bodacious 67 and the latest pressroom grin-and-spin from golfs grip-it-and-rip-it Paul Bunyan.
 
Friday, of course, came Woods 63, one power-lipped-putt-on-the-last-hole short of the all-time, major championship 18-hole record.
 
62 , Woods called it.
 
Saturday delivered Boo Weekley, a ball-striking Jesse from rural Florida whose countrified usage of the English language makes Jed Clampett sound like Sir John Gielgud.
 
I love to play the game, Boo said after his round. But my heart is really with huntin and fishin.
 
To be sure, the Weekley Report was even better than the Daly News. On the course, Weekley fired a 5-under 65 that included seven birdies, five of them on Southern Hills nasty back nine. Through 54 holes he stands tied for eighth at even par.
 
Off the course, Weekley said a lot more than boo.
 
Golf for him, he said, is a means to an end. His goal, he said, is to make enough money in the next 10 years to retire and go back to Florida and, you guessed it, hunt and fish.
 
Squirrels, rabbits, deer, raccoons, birds, Boo said.
 
Safaris? Big Game? Africa?
 
No sir, Boo said. There are too many things that can kill ya over thereAlligator bites, snake bites..I can handle those.
 
Boo almost bagged a big one on the 18th hole Saturday. He had a birdie putt for 63. But he made bogey. Three wiggle, Boo said.
 
The money part has been working out pretty well so far this year, thank you. Weekley ranks 19th in PGA TOUR earnings with more than two million dollars in the bank. Almost half of that amount came in one large chunk when Weekley captured the Verizon Heritage in April and banked a check for $972,000.
 
Boo sits at No. 45 in the world rankings and No. 17 in the FedExCup point standings. He says he doesnt watch golf on TV and doesnt read much either.
 
I dont know nothin about the FedExCup, Boo said.
 
He will soon. The pot at the end of the FedExCup rainbow next month will earn the winner a 10 million dollar deferred payday. That princely sum could get Weekley off the road and back home to north Florida even sooner.
 
I get tired of being away from my family. I get tired of being away from my friends, Boo said.
 
Last month Weekley positively charmed the Brits and the Scots on his way to finishing tied for 35th in the Open Championship at Carnoustie. This despite Weekleys faux pas of asking 1999 British Open winner Paul Lawrie if he qualified for the Open.
 
The locals were a bit bemused by that, said one Scot here this week.
 
The golf community in this country has known about Weekley now for several years. The rest of the golf world is just discovering him. For his part, Weekley couldnt wait to get back to the U.S. after Carnoustie.
 
Mexican, he said oxymoronically, when asked what his first American meal was upon returning. Three chicken fajitas and a bucket of sweet tea.
 
As best anybody can tell, if there was a popularity contest between Daly and Weekley, Daly would get the redneck vote; Weekley would carry the just plain folks.
 
Meanwhile major championships, Ryder Cups, golf history... ...keeping track of all that stuff is for somebody else. Im sorry yall, Boo said. Its just golf. Its not gonna make or break me.
 
Woods, on the other hand, is an avid disciple of golf history. He studies it assiduously. And it drives him.
 
Asked what he likes about golf, Boo said: The guys. There are so many different characters out here.
 
None, perhaps, more different than Boo Weekley.
 
There was a big ole soft shell turtle on No. 2 the other day, Boo said, brightening. Musta been seven or eight pounds.
 
The best guess here is that Tiger Woods didnt notice.
 
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    Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x