Weekley caps 68 with watery par save


Boo Weekley's par save on the 18th hole capped a solid opening round at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship - even if it cost him a pair of shoes.

Weekley's drive on the closing par-4 drifted toward a lake on the left side before hanging up on the bank. That saved Weekley from a penalty shot, but it meant that the veteran had to stand in knee-deep water to play his second shot.

Ever the outdoorsman, Weekley rolled up his pant legs and strode into the lake - shoes still on - and pitched his ball back into the fairway. From there he hit a wedge from 115 yards to 8 feet and made the putt to save par.

"I just chipped it out with a gap wedge, and had a pretty good yardage for the way the wind was blowing right there," Weekley said. "Sort of set up easy for me."

The par helped Weekley shoot a 2-under 68, and he sits six shots behind Steven Bowditch after the opening round at TPC Four Seasons Resort.

As for the decision to leave his shoes on while wading into the water? After a soggy week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, Weekley knew he had some new kicks waiting for him after the round, courtesy of TaylorMade.

"After last week playing in Colonial, they got pretty well messed up," he said. "I figured why not, I'll just go ahead and step off in there."

Weekley finished the hole in his soggy shoes, and even planned to complete a post-round practice session before switching footwear.

"When I pull them off, it's gonna be like a suction cup," he joked. "So I'm just gonna let them go for a little while, then take them down there and see if they can dry them out."