Chants of “Boooooooooooo” were cascading through the tree lined alcoves of Colonial Country Club all day Sunday as Boo Weekley put on a shot making clinic on his way to winning his third PGA tour event at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. If there are horses for courses than Boo looks looks good in a tartan horse blanket because his previous two wins at Harbour Town and this one at Colonial have been on courses requiring driving accuracy, precise iron play, and a taste for a little something in a tartan plaid sports jacket.
It was a bit of a roller coaster for Boo who made two birdies and two bogies in the first seven holes. He then went on a tear with birdies at 8, 9, and 10 and buried a 22-footer at 14 to take the lead for good at 14-under. His iron play all day was so precise he was knocking down flags sticks coming down the stretch like star high school quarterback takes out stacks of milk bottles at a Midway.
But as Feherty and McCord were saying all day Boo is one of the best ball strikers out there. Other pros stop behind his slot on the driving range to just listen to the pure sound of the ball coming off the center of the club face time after time. He showed this in full flourish with umpteen opportunities for birdie on the back nine today. If he could putt a lick he would have won by six. Unfortunately for Boo he has a bit of Roberto Duran’s “hands of stone” when it comes to plying the flat stick.
The affable Boo has been a crowd favorite since his popular appearance in the Ryder Cup in 2008 but he has not won in five years. Finally moving past a number of injuries that have hampered him the last few years he has been on a mini-tear this year making 12 of 14 cuts and finishing top ten three times on his way to winning over $900,000. The $1.1 million he raked in for today’s win and moved him into 6th place in the FedEx Cup Standings.
Matt Kuchar, the leader going into the final round, was Boo’s stiffest competition but his game was a bit out of round in a number of areas today and he wobbled home with a 68, never really threatening the lead, to lose by one. He must have gotten a bit tired of the droning of Boooooooooos that he was hearing in front of him all day.