Through the first rounds, Boo Weekley made just two bogeys. Here in the third round, he’s already equaled that mark in just his first nine holes on Siler Rock. As a result, Weekley, the overnight co-leader, has fallen into a tie for eighth after making the turn in 37.
The problem for Weekley? Putting. After rolling it extremely well through his first two rounds, when he averaged just over 1.5 putts per green in regulation, he’s averaging two putts through the first nine holes today.
Weekley is also the only player in the top 25 currently over par on the round.
Meanwhile, Kris Blanks and Dean Wilson are moving in the opposite direction -- they’re both 5 under in the third round (12 under for the week) and have climbed 22 spots on the leaderboard as a result.
Boo Weekley considers the fact that he’s 13 under and shares the lead through two rounds of the Bob Hope Classic a bonus.
“First time this year, first time in a long time that I honestly can say I played two rounds of golf and I got it in double digits,” said Weekley, who shot a 66 Thursday after an opening-round 65 the day before. “I mean, to me that's a plus.
“Look, you got to be excited about it, because it is, that's still good golf. I don't care what golf course you’re on, you still got to hit it good, still got to putt it good.”
Weekley has certainly done that through the first two rounds, making just two bogeys compared to 15 birdies. The latter ties for the second most in the field so far.
Much of that success can be attributed to Weekley’s putting, and a new putter, as well as his ball-striking -- he’s averaging just over 1.5 putts per green in regulation and has hit better than 83 percent of his greens.
“I feel comfortable with this putter,” Weekley said. “I feel like from 3 foot and to 12 foot, 15 foot, I feel like I can make it. Which is, for the last, I would say about the last year I ain't felt that it in awhile, so I was hoping that this would happen.”
That said, Weekley knows there’s a long way to go, especially considering he played two of the easier courses on the property in the Palmer Course on Wednesday and the Nicklaus Course on Thursday.
”It just all depends on what can happen [Friday],” Weekley said. “I feel like I can go out there and shoot 3 or 4 under, keep myself in the hunt, and then go into La Quinta and shoot maybe 4 or 5 there and still have a chance somewhere down the line.” -- Brian Wacker
The second round of the Bob Hope Classic is winding down, and two players who have been at the top of the leaderboard remain there for now with Jhonattan Vegas and Boo Weekley sharing the lead at 13 under after rounds of 67 and 66, respectively.
The best score of the day, however, belongs to Chris Couch. He shot a 7-under 65 at La Quinta and has moved into a tie for third one shot back. Charles Howell III is also 12 under after a 66 on Thursday.
In all, there are 13 players within four shots of the lead and another 13 players within five shots.
Boo Weekley rolls in a lengthy putt for birdie on the par-3 11th on the Nicklaus Course.
The scoring hasn’t been super low through the first round-plus of the Bob Hope Classic, but three players are now double digits under par with Jhonattan Vegas, Boo Weekley and Peter Tomasulo all at 10 under.
Among that group, Tomasulo is having the best day at 4 under through his first seven holes at La Quinta. Weekley and Vegas, meanwhile, are 3 and 2 under on their respective rounds.
The trio has plenty of company, however, with four players, including Charles Howell III, just one shot back and another nine players at 8 under.
With perfect weather conditions for a second straight day, David Duval and Boo Weekley are among the early movers at the Bob Hope Classic, where they 4 and 2 under on their rounds, respectively. Duval is currently one shot off the lead, while Weekley is two back.
While Duval famously recorded a final-round 59 to win here in 1999, he doesn’t exactly have a great track record at the event – since his tie for fifth in 2000 Duval’s best finish at the Bob Hope Classic was a tie for 39th in 2007, and he’s also missed five cuts, including the last three.
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One way to get to the top of the leaderboard: Take just 23 putts. That’s what J.J. Henry took Wednesday in the opening round at the Bob Hope Classic, where he shot an 8-under 64 to take the early lead.
Twice, Henry had stretches of three straight birdies. He also had just one bogey.
One shot back of Henry, though, is Boo Weekley, who also had just one bogey and took 28 putts.
The 64 by Henry, while three strokes shy of his career low, does mark his best start to a tournament since the 2005 FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World, where he shot 64 in the first round before stumbling to a tie for 32nd.
Boo Weekley is hovering near the top of the leaderboard at 6 under through 16 holes. One reason: This birdie on No. 13.
Boo Weekley birdies the par-4 13th hole on the Palmer Course Wednesday the Bob Hope Classic.
Boo Weekley stood over a nine-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. Make it, and he moves to 1 under for the tournament -- inside the projected Deutsche Bank cutline. Miss it, and he remains at even par, outside the cutline.
Weekley missed it. As a result, he’ll need to hope the projected cutline drops to even par later on today. Otherwise, his Playoffs are over.
Weekley entered this week ranked 96th in points. He had to make the cut at TPC Boston to give himself any hope of accumulating enough FedExCup points to move inside the top 70 that advances to next week’s BMW Championship.
But by missing the cut, Weekley will earn no points, meaning his Playoffs will be over.
J.J. Henry, Paul Goydos and Chris Riley are all in the same position as Weekley, although they are still on the course. Each one is sitting at even par. If they can move inside the cutline, they’ll have the next two rounds to save their Playoffs season.