Weekley working his way back


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – If Boo Weekley turns his game back on an upswing this week, it will be especially satisfying to have initiated it at The Players Championship.

Weekley tore the labrum in his left shoulder in the final round of last year’s event here.

His game hasn’t been the same since.

Weekley, 36, was ranked 48th in the world starting last season. He’s 166th now.

He was coming off that stellar Ryder Cup appearance. He’s 53rd in the Ryder Cup standings today.

Weekley still doesn't feel right, but he’s coming around.

With five consecutive birdies in the middle of his round Thursday, he posted a 3-under-par 69. He’s tied for 21st. There’s a bunch of world ranking and Ryder Cup points to be collected with a strong showing.

“It’s getting better, still working on it, but it’s getting better,” Weekley said. “The shoulder’s OK, but I got myself into some bad habits playing injured.”

Weekley wants to play on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, but he wants to do so with his old confidence and game.

“I want to win a couple times first and feel like I deserve to be on the team,” he said.