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Weekley wins Colonial for first title since 2008

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Nineteen players began the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational within four shots of the lead, but Boo Weekley’s superior ball-striking helped separate him from the field on an ideal day for scoring. Here is the skinny from the final round at Colonial: 

The leaderboard: Weekley (-14); Matt Kuchar (-13); Zach Johnson (-12); Scott Stallings, John Rollins and Matt Every at -11

What it means: It’s a long-awaited title for Weekley, the soon-to-be 40-year-old who earned his first PGA Tour win since 2008. Since then, he’s been beset by injuries, most significantly a torn labrum. Last year, he had cysts removed from his rectum. In March, he carded a final-round 63 to finish solo second in Tampa, then added a T-6 finish in New Orleans. With this victory, he also earns a return trip to the Masters.

Round of the day: Weekley’s closing 66 helped him leapfrog overnight leader Kuchar, who finished solo second after a final-round 68. Franklin Corpening, who was coming off a T-3 at last week’s Web.com Tour event, matched the low round of the week, an 8-under 62, to vault 48 places on the leaderboard, all the way up to T-14.

Best of the rest: It was another stellar week at Colonial for Johnson, who shot all four rounds in the 60s, including a closing 66, to finish solo third. It was his first top 10 since last year’s British Open. Since 2009, he has won twice at Colonial and finished no worse than ninth. 

Biggest disappointment: Scott Stallings went out in 29 and was two shots clear as he played his approach into the par-4 15th. He pulled that second shot left of the green, flubbed his pitch, left his fourth shot in the bunker and walked away with a double bogey. He settled for 66 and T-4 finish, his best result since the Humana Challenge (T-4).

Shot of the day: If he was showing any nerves, Weekley didn’t show it down the stretch. Staked to a two-shot lead as he played No. 17, he hit his approach to 3 feet on the penultimate hole. He didn’t make the putt, just as he missed the short-range birdie putt on 14, but the strong iron play helped keep him in front.

Quote of the day: “I finally get my name on that wall with Ben Hogan and some of the greats that have played here. It’s awesome.” – Weekley