Boo Plays Britains Bumpkin

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2007, 4:00 pm
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland -- Now that 'The Beverly Hillbillies' is no longer on the telly, Boo Weekley has become Britain's favorite bumpkin.
In Friday's episode, the man who never leaves the Florida panhandle for long and was named after his favorite cartoon character -- Yogi Bear's sidekick, Boo-Boo -- followed up an opening-round 68 with a 72 and was four strokes off the lead midway through the British Open. Afterward, he met with reporters.
Q: What about things away from the course, food, things like that?
A: It's rough. It's been rough on that food. It's different eatin' here than it is at the house. Ain't got no sweet tea, and ain't got no fried chicken. ...
Q: What about driving around? Is that putting you off?
A: I ain't drivin'. I ain't drivin' nowhere.
Q: Scary?
A: I think so. On the wrong side of the road? Yes, sir.
Weekley would be a great story anywhere. He turns 34 on Monday, 10 years after turning pro and working as a laborer at a chemical plant before that. Weekley finally made it through qualifying school in time for the 2002 PGA Tour season, but finished 200th, lost his playing card and scuffled around the Nationwide Tour for the next four years.
He returned to the big time by finishing seventh on the minor-league circuit's money list in 2006. In 20 events this season, he's already banked $1.9 million and may be best known in the States -- if at all -- for missing a heart-wrenching 3-footer for par to win the Honda Classic, then losing in a four-way playoff. That, and for playing in nylon golf pants because cotton gives him a rash.
On his second tour of Carnoustie, under those nylon pants and a short-sleeve, powder blue shirt, Weekley again wore the camouflage long johns he uses for huntin' and fishin' -- two things he loves as much as golf. The long sleeves helped keep him warm, but they also made Weekley look as though he had tattoos on both arms, running from his elbow to his wrist.
Turns out Weekley's family hails from somewhere nearby, even if he isn't sure exactly where that is.
Q: What did you know about Britain, or Scotland, before you came here?
A: I would say my family was from here. That's all I knew. I knew it was a long way from where I grew up.
Q: Did they tell you much about it?
A: No, sir.
Q: Any background?
A: No, sir.
Q: Where, exactly, is your family from?
A: I couldn't tell you that, neither. But I know they're from here, south of here, down south on the border down there, I think. That's all I know.
Incredibly, Weekley knows even less about golf's oldest tournament than about his ancestral home.
Q: Did you watch any British Opens in the last, say, 15 years?
A: No.
Q: You didn't?
A: If I did, I was flicking through there and wondering who it was or something like that, but I didn't. I don't watch golf.
Q: There wasn't a curiosity?
A: No.
Q: Do you know about the previous champions and great players?
A: No.
Weekley was not joking. Last weekend, he played the Scottish Open paired for two rounds with local hero Paul Lawrie, who won the British Open at Carnoustie in 1999.
Lawrie took home a pile of money, the claret jug and an invitation to every Open until he's 65. But the Scotsman has often said he never got the respect that accomplishment deserved because most people remember Jean Van de Velde's spectacular collapse at the 72nd hole.
At one point during their round, Weekley turned to Lawrie and asked whether he was playing in the Open this week. (Boo didn't know who Van de Velde was, either, but that's another story).
Q: Paul Lawrie, you apparently played with him last week?
A: Yeah. I kind of put my foot in my mouth there, didn't I? But I didn't know. If you don't know, you don't know. I hated what I said, especially with him just saying what he said a couple days before, that he don't get no respect. And then I say something like that. It's like wham! Here's a slap to your head.
Compared to Boo, former British Open champion John Daly is a sophisticate. Weekley never had a passport until he realized he'd need one to play a PGA TOUR event in Mexico earlier this year. Imagine how the Brits would feel seeing another claret jug cross the Atlantic to become a beer pitcher.
Q: Had you been out of the country before you went to Mexico?
A: I been to Canada once, but that ain't really like leaving. ...
Q: Are you thinking about going out for a drink and mixing with some of the locals?
A: No, probably not.
Q: They'd love to meet you.
A: Yeah, I'm pretty sure they would.
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    Ciganda, S.Y. Kim share lead in Shanghai

    By Associated PressOctober 20, 2018, 9:28 am

    SHANGHAI - Carlota Ciganda of Spain shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to share the lead with Sei Young Kim after the third round of the LPGA Shanghai.

    Ciganda carded her fifth birdie of the day on the par-4 18th to finish tied with overnight leader Kim at 11-under 205. Kim shot a 71 with four bogeys and five birdies.

    Ciganda is attempting to win her third LPGA title and first since the 2016 season, when she won two tournaments in a one-month span. Kim is chasing her eighth career LPGA win and second title of the 2018 season.

    ''I want to win because I didn't win last year,'' Ciganda said. ''I love playing in Asia. It's good for long hitters, playing quite long, so I'm quite comfortable.''

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    Angel Yin also birdied the final hole for a 68 and was a further stroke back with Brittany Altomare (69), Danielle Kang (71) and Ariya Jutanugarn (71).

    Yin and Altomare have yet to break through for their first LPGA win. A win in Shanghai would make either player the ninth first-time winner of the 2018 season, which would tie 2016 for the third highest number of first-time winners in a season in LPGA history.

    ''I love competing,'' Yin said. ''That's why I'm playing, right? I'm excited to be in contention again going into Sunday.''

    Local favorite Yu Liu was seventh after offsetting a lone bogey with four birdies for a 69.

    Paula Creamer also shot a 69 and shared eighth at 8 under with Minjee Lee (70) and Bronte Law (71).

    The tournament is the second of five being played in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan in the LPGA's annual Asian swing.

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    Koepka's pursuers have no illusions about catching him

    By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 8:50 am

    Ahead by four, wielding his driver like Thor's hammer, Brooks Koepka is 18 holes from his third victory in five months and his first ascent to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

    The tournament isn't over. No one is handing him the trophy and updating the OWGR website just yet. But it will likely take some combination of a meltdown and low round from someone in the chase pack to prevent a Koepka coronation Sunday in South Korea.

    Thirteen under for the week, the three-time major champion will start the final round four shots ahead of his playing partners, Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy, and five ahead of six more players at minus-8.

    As is his nature, Poulter figures to be undaunted. The 42-year-old is fresh off a Sunday singles victory over Dustin Johnson at the Ryder Cup and in the midst of a career renaissance, having broken a five-year winless drought earlier this year. In one sense, it's Europe vs. the United States again, but this isn't match play, and Koepka, a guy who doesn't need a head start, has spotted himself a four-shot advantage.

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    "Tomorrow I'm going to need to make a few birdies. Obviously Brooks is in cruise control right now and obviously going to need a shoot a low one," Poulter conceded. "Do what I'm doing, just enjoy [it]. Obviously try and make as many birdies as I can and see how close we get."

    Perez, in the group at 8 under par, isn't giving up, but like Poulter, he's aware of the reality of his situation.

    "We're chasing Brooks, who of course obviously is playing phenomenally," he said. "A lot of the long hitters now when they get in contention, they hit that driver and they're really hard to catch. I'm not worried about it too much. It's going to be harder for me tomorrow than him, so I'm going to try and go out and just do my thing, hit some shots, hopefully hit some close and make some putts and we'll see. I don't expect him to come backwards, but hopefully I can try to go catch him."

    Gary Woodland, also 8 under par, summed up the predicament best when he alluded to Koepka's perhaps advantageously aloof demeanor.

    "You obviously want to get off to a good start and put pressure on him as soon as you can," he said. "You know, Brooks doesn't seem like he cares too much, and he's playing so good, so you're going to have to go out and post a number."

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    Koepka has his chance 'to earn' his way to No. 1

    By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 8:09 am

    There won't need to be any wonky math involved. He won't have to settle for finally reaching the the top via some kind of mathematical reset while he's sitting at home on the couch (or more likely working out in the gym).

    No, Brooks Koepka on Sunday in South Korea will have a chance to ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking the way every player would most want to - with a victory.

    On the strength of a bogey-free round of 5-under 67 Saturday, Koepka will enter the final round of the CJ Cup four clear of Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy, with six more players five behind.

    The tournament is Koepka's to lose, and so too is the No. 1 ranking. So long as Justin Thomas doesn't somehow defend his title from 12 shots back, Koepka can supplant Dustin Johnson atop the rankings with a win or a solo second-place finish.

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    "It was something I wanted to do. I always wanted to become World No. 1 in a week that I was playing," Koepka said Saturday. "I thought like I could really earn it and not have a week off where it just so happens that you bump up. No, it would be very special, and to do it here would be nice and hopefully get to world No. 1 and cap it off with a win, I don't think there would be much better."

    It would be a fitting end to this breakthrough year for Koepka, who successfully defended his U.S. Open title and then added his third major victory at the PGA Championship en route to claiming the PGA Tour's Player of the Year Award. Oddly enough, considering his status a three-time major winner and an impending No. 1, this would be Koepka's fifth Tour victory but only his second in a non-major; his only regular Tour win to date was his first, at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

    "My confidence has always been pretty high," Koepka said. "Anytime you can win three majors you're going to be feeling pretty good about yourself. To do what I've done over the last two years has been special, but I'm looking to build on that."

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    Koepka ahead by four, with No. 1 ranking in his grasp

    By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 5:48 am

    Following a closing birdie and a third-round 67 at Nine Bridges, Brooks Koepka will take a four-shot lead over Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy into final round of the CJ Cup. Here's how Koepka separated himself from the field in South Korea.

    Leaderboard: Koepka (-13), Piercy (-9), Poulter (-9), Rafa Cabrera Bello (-8), Cameron Smith (-8), Jaime Lovemark (-8), Pat Perez (-8), Gary Woodland (-8), Chez Reavie (-8)

    What it means: Koepka is in search of his fifth PGA Tour victory and – believe it or not – only his second non-major. The three-time major champion’s only other win came all the way back in February 2015, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. One off the lead to start the day, Koepka opened with eight straight pars and birdied Nos. 9 and 10 to take the outright lead at 10 under par. He added three more circles at 14, 17 and 18 to close out a bogey-free round of 5 under and go ahead by ahead by four. He'll be chased on Sunday by Piercy, a four-time PGA Tour winner who won the Zurich Classic earlier this year alongside Billy Horschel, and by Poulter, who ended a five-year worldwide winless drought back in April and is coming off a 2-2 performance at the Ryder Cup, with a Sunday singles victory over current world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Speaking of which, unless Justin Thomas finds a way to win this tournament from 12 back, Koepka will for the first time ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking with a win or a solo second-place finish.

    Round of the day: After contending last week at the CIMB, Shubankhar Sharma rebounded from opening rounds of 74 and 75 with a nine-birdie, 8-under 64 to move up 45 spots into a tie for 26th through 54 holes.

    Best of the rest: Four players – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ted Potter Jr., Jason Day and Brendan Steele – shot 7-under 65 Saturday. Day played his first four holes in 2 over and his final 14 in 9 under.

    Biggest disappointment: The only previous winner of this event, world No. 4 Justin Thomas entered the week with a chance to take back the No. 1 ranking with a successful title defense. But rounds of 73-70-72 have him 1 under for the week. Thomas played his back nine in 1 over Saturday with six pars, a birdie, a quadruple bogey and a closing eagle.

    Shot of the day: Koepka flying his tee shot 330 yards to the front edge of the green at the par-4 14th and going on to two-putt for birdie.