April 13 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A week after Bubba Watson won the Masters another alum from tiny Milton (Fla.) High has a chance to do the same at the RBC Heritage.
Boo Weekley shot 66 Friday to enter the weekend 6 under and in contention at Harbour Town Golf Links. A two-time winner of this event, Weekley is looking for his first victory since that win here four years ago.
“This golf course just suits me,” Weekley said. “It's very, very, very similar to what I grew up playing, having to hit it a certain distance off the tee, and having to shape your shots around the greens.”
He certainly did that Friday, making six birdies and just one bogey. He also took just 25 putts -- an area of the game Weekley has struggled with in recent years.
Over the last three years, including this one, Weekley has ranked 162nd, 186th and 174th in strokes gained-putting. That prompted Weekley to part with longtime caddie Jo Jo Pyland in favor of John Connelly. He also hired a new coach, instructor Scott Hamilton.
Weekley admits he also got “lazy” when dealing with injuries the last couple of years.
In 2009, Weekley tore his labrum midway through the year. He later pulled a rib muscle and struggled with nagging injuries the last couple of years.
“Physically I'm feeling good,” he said.
Well, except for Friday’s round during which Weekley said he felt under the weather.
“I might have swallowed some [chewing tobacco] or something,” Weekley said. “I felt fine and I got out here and I had three pieces of bacon and a muffin, and what else did I have? I had some toast. And I walked out there, got on the putting green, man, it felt like somebody just sat on my chest. I told my caddie, put an extra Tylenol in the bag, in case I did yodel a little bit on the side.”
By yodel, Weekley meant get sick.
“I told Vaughn [Taylor} and he just said, ‘Let me know. I'm allergic to that stuff; I don't want to see it; I don't want to hear it’,” Weekley continued. “I said I'm loud, too. I'm a screamer when I'm yodeling."
Instead of getting sick, Weekley posted his best score of the year.
“It seems like the putter has gotten a little better,” Weekley said. “If I can keep that going into the weekend and keep hitting it good, it's going to be a close race.”