By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
Boo Weekley's wife Karyn was on a mission. She knew how much good the $50,000 that goes along with winning PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis could do for two of their family's favorite charities.
So Karyn got on the phone and got out the vote. Turns out Weekley, who won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, garnered 60 percent of the vote and beat Tiger Woods, Sang-moon Bae and Derek Ernst for May honors. So Vision of Hope and Christ's Starfish Foundation will split the donation made by Avis in Weekley's name.
"My wife works on both of their faculties trying to raise money for their two charities," Weekley said. "They've been struggling the last couple of years. But for Avis being able to put up the cash for us to be able to do this and to win the fans' vote and my wife went viral with this as soon as we found out.
"I mean, she was calling up Dale (Earnhardt) Jr., called up everybody that we knew just trying to get this out and about to get people to vote. The whole school board where I live at, they went viral with it. ... I'm friends with the sheriff down there, and he's got all the police department from Escambia County all the way to Defuniak Springs voting on it, so it was pretty big."
So was his win at Colonial, the third of Weekley's PGA TOUR career. He fired a final-round 66 and overtook the red-hot Matt Kuchar, who ended up winning the following week at the Memorial Tournament.
"Just being able to play at that level and stay in the zone for four days, for a lot of us players out here, that's kind of hard to do and I actually did it and turns out that I ended up winning tournament," Weekley said. "... Overall to win a tournament that's got so much history to it with Ben Hogan being one of my heros and now my name is up on the wall with his, it's an awesome feeling."
Weekley is looking forward to playing in this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic, which is only about 8 hours from his Florida home. He has family living nearby in Alabama and Mississippi who will be in his gallery so it's like old home week for him.
"I enjoy the people up here because they understand what I'm saying when I'm talking," Weekley said. "We don't have to do no translating amongst us. We're all kind of southerners.
"This golf course sets up real good for me. I like the Bermudagrass on the greens. It's one of those courses I feel like I can win on, too. It's just I haven't done it. I've played decent here a couple times, but haven't excelled enough for four days. I think this is going to tune me up a little bit for Merion next week."
Boo Weekley captured PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis honors in May thanks to his win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, his first victory in five years.
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By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
It's been an up-and-down year for Dustin Johnson, who won the season-opener in Hawaii but has battled a bad back in recent weeks. Maybe a return to Memphis will help his ails. Last year, Johnson won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in what was just his second start in three months.
Below is a closer look at Johnson's group for the first two rounds of this year's tournament and a few others to keep an eye on. Let us know what your favorite group is in the comments section (click here for all tee times).
Dustin Johnson-Brandt Snedeker-Davis Love III: As mentioned, Johnson is the defending champion but he comes in rusty. He missed the cut last week at Muirfield Village and has made just two starts since April. Snedeker, meanwhile, is the defending FedExCup champion but is also coming off a missed cut. Love, meanwhile, finished third in Memphis last year. They'll tee off at 1:27 p.m. ET on Thursday and 8:27 a.m. on Friday.
Billy Horschel-Russell Henley-John Merrick: Horschel has cooled since his meteoric stretch of four straight top 10s, which included his first career win. Merrick, meanwhile, has broken 70 in seven of his last eight rounds at TPC Southwind and finished second and 11th there the last two years. Henley is coming off a tie for sixth at Muirfield Village. They'll tee off at 1:36 p.m. ET on Thursday and 8:36 a.m. ET Friday.
Phil Mickelson-D.A. Points-Padraig Harrington: Harrington likes to play the week before a major; Mickelson does, too, at least this year. Points has been feast or famine this year with a win and a runner-up to go with eight missed cuts in 17 starts. They'll tee off at 8:27 a.m. ET on Thursday and 1:27 p.m. Friday.
Boo Weekley-Ian Poulter-David Toms: Weekley is coming off his first victory in five years after winning at Colonial. Poulter and Toms have each missed their last two cuts on TOUR, though Toms has won twice before in Memphis. They'll tee off at 8:36 a.m. ET on Thursday and 1:36 p.m. on Friday.
Boo Weekley worked through injuries to get back into top form. (Halleran/Getty Images)
By Mark Immelman, Special to PGATOUR.COM
Fort Worth, Texas, is the home of one of golf's favorite sons, Ben Hogan. It has also been one of the PGA TOUR’s favorite stops. The host venue, Colonial Country Club, is certainly a popular course, and it serves as a shrine to the aforementioned Hall of Famer.
If one had to design a course to fit the indomitable Hogan, then Colonial would be the blueprint. The par-70 layout presents a selection of tight holes that dogleg in both directions. It demands savvy strategy and precise placement of tee shots to offer the best angles to the small greens. Indeed, I can quite imagine Hogan standing on any of the tees and shaping a low, penetrating drive into the perfect spot on the narrow fairways and then clipping a crisp iron shot toward the green.
The Champions Honor Roll at Colonial very much reflects players of the Hogan ilk – players who are good ball-strikers and who are accurate from tee to green. And a number of accurate ball-strikers vied for the 2013 title and plaid coat. In the end, it was Boo Weekley, who put together a near flawless final round of 66, who bested the ever-consistent 54-hole leader, Matt Kuchar.
In terms of lessons to learn from the champion and the runner-up, I could certainly recommend emulating their styles of play. Never, ever will you see either player make violent swings. Both always make swings that are balanced, unhurried, disciplined and poised, but there is an intangible lesson we can learn from watching Weekley return to the winner’s enclosure for the first time in five years.
Weekley's previous victory was at the 2008 Verizon Heritage, and his consistent play earned him a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team that competed at Valhalla. Weekley’s manner, game and personality made him one of the favorites of the U.S. squad, and for all intents and purposes, it appeared likely that he would become a dominant force on the PGA TOUR. He seemed to have it all at his fingertips. Then a shoulder injury resulted in a severe drop in his play. Three subsequent surgeries led to him tumbling out of the spotlight as he endured a few very lean years.
Entering 2013, a reinvigorated Weekley started to show promise. He remained patient as he gradually climbed the leaderboards every week, and his breakout performance came at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank. Weekley shot a final-round 63 around the very tough Innisbrook Copperhead course to finish second. He then had another very solid outing at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and he referenced the fact that he was beginning to feel good about his game.
Weekley just kept playing one shot at a time, one round at a time and one tournament at a time, comforted by the fact that he was doing the right things. Finally his investments bore fruit with his emphatic victory at Hogan’s Alley.
The lesson we can learn from the likeable Weekley is about your mindset and attitude. It's the saying, "This too shall pass." I can only imagine how Weekley must have felt when he was injured, in pain and fighting his game. I am sure that competition on the PGA TOUR must have lost its luster and turned into a weekly grind and every swing he made must have been laced with doubt and disappointment.
If you are going through such an ebb in your game, do take heart and remind yourself of, what to me are, the most important four words in life and in golf. Words I learned from the great writer, Og Mandino: "This too shall pass."
Say that simple phrase to yourself and then know that if you are doing the right things and are remaining positive that your momentum is likely to change at any time.
Too often, too many slumping golfers get mired and they begin to lose faith in themselves and their game. As soon as that happens, the slump has every chance of perpetuating itself and going on for longer than necessary.
Momentum is switched and slumps are ended with a conscious righting of your outlook and your attitude as those have a direct effect on the performance of your body. So always remind yourself that whatever the situation, “This too shall pass,” and then make an effort to look on the bright side and maintain a positive and upbeat attitude. I promise you will notice a change in your fortune.
Mark Immelman, the brother of PGA TOUR professional Trevor Immelman, is a well-respected golf instructor and head coach of the Columbus State University (Ga.) golf team. For more information about Mark and his instruction, visit his web site, markimmelman.com or follow him on Twitter @mark_immelman or “Like” Mark Immelman Golf Instruction on Facebook. He also has a golf instruction e-book called “Consistently Straight Shots – The Simple Solution” available on iTunes/iBooks.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Boo Weekley ended a five-year drought on the PGA TOUR, claiming the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by one shot.
It's Weekley's third win on TOUR. His first two came at the RBC Heritage in 2007 and 2008. In all three wins, he has received a tartan jacket as one of his prizes. He'll also get his name on the Wall of Champions on the first tee.
"It's unreal," Weekley said. "Finally, I get to have my name up there. It don't get better than that."
Weekley shot his second consecutive 4-under 66 to finish at 14 under. Matt Kuchar, the leader in the previous two rounds, finished second after birdieing his last hole for a 68.
Weekley moves to sixth in the FedExCup standings, while Kuchar moved from fifth to third.
Weekley had shown flashes of returning to the kind of player who twice at Hilton Head. He entered this week with three top-10s this year but was coming off just his second missed cut of the year at last week's HP Byron Nelson Championship.
But on a shot-maker's course such as Colonial, Weekley thrived. He hit 71.4 percent of his fairways and 75 percent of his greens, ranking inside the top 10 in the field in both categories.
He birdied two of his first three holes, but dropped strokes at the fifth and seventh. At that point, he was 10 under and bunched together with several other contenders.
He bounced back with birdies at the eighth and ninth holes, then separated himself from the pack on the back nine.
His third consecutive birdie, at the par-4 10th from 9 feet, moved him to 13 under and giving him a two-shot lead. He also rolled in a 21-1/2 foot putt at the 13th to maintain it.
Weekley had several chances to increase the lead the rest of the way, his irons setting up birdie opportunities at the 14th and 17th holes from 4 feet. He couldn't convert but it didn't matter.
Kuchar shot a 2-under 68 but couldn't get anything going most of the day. He played the back nine in a bogey-free 2 under, though -- Kuchar did not make a birdie on the back nine all week.
Defending champion Zach Johnson shot a 66 to finish solo third at 12 under.
"I played solid," Johnson said. "What I did today was I gave myself a number of opportunities. It seems like almost every other hole I had a really good birdie look. I left some out there, but I also made some putts, so it probably all evens out."
Scott Stallings, John Rollins and Matt Every tied for fourth at 11 under.
Stallings had been leading by one shot until he double bogeyed the 15th. Weekley took the lead at that point, and was able to keep it for the final two hours.
Jordan Spieth, the 19-year-old from Dallas, tied for seventh at 10 under with Josh Teater, Tim Clark and Chris Stroud.
"I'm extremely pleased with my round," Spieth said after shooting 67. "And you know, I could have very well won this golf tournament."
Boo Weekley carded a final-round 66 to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on Sunday. It is Weekley's third PGA TOUR victory and first since 2008.
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