Boo Weekley ended a five-year wait for a third title on golf’s U.S. PGA Tour with a one-shot victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
“Finally made it back,” Weekley said in a televised interview. “I finally get my name up there on that wall with Ben Hogan and some of the great ones that played here.”
Weekley’s two prior victories on tour came at the 2007 and 2008 Heritage. The winner of that event gets a red plaid jacket, almost identical to the one given to the champion at Colonial each year. Yesterday’s win was worth $1.15 million to Weekley.
Kuchar sank a birdie putt of about 50 feet (15 meters) at the 12th hole to cut Weekley’s lead to one shot. Weekley replied with his own long putt for birdie at No. 13 to re-open a two-shot advantage. At about the same time, Johnson had a birdie at No. 17 to join Kuchar at 12-under.
With Weekley atop the leaderboard, every shot he played was accompanied by an elongated chorus of “Boo” from the galleries. The 39-year-old Floridian almost holed his second shot at the par-4 14th before missing the birdie attempt from about three feet. Weekley missed another short putt for birdie at the 17th.
At the last hole, Weekley almost sank a long putt for birdie before tapping in. Kuchar, in the last group, then drained his birdie attempt from about 30 feet to claim second place outright.
The tour now moves to Dublin, Ohio, for the $6.2 million Memorial Tournament, where Tiger Woods is scheduled to defend the title he won for a fifth time in 2012. Woods has four titles in seven starts this season on the PGA Tour.
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