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 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."
Franklin Corpening had quite a gallery despite his early Sunday tee time. (Halleran/Getty Images)
By: Fred Albers, PGA TOUR.COM Correspondent
Boo Weekley found a way to overcome what has been a bad year of putting. He hit is so close to the cup that it took putting out of the equation. On the fifth hole, he eliminated the putter altogether with a 73-foot chip-in birdie. Weekley entered the tournament ranked 185th in strokes gained-putting. This week, he had putting rounds of 31, 26, 27 and 28 putts while ranking 33rd in strokes gained-putting. His ball-striking was spot-on the entire tournament. Weekley ranked sixth in greens in regulation but most importantly, he led the field in proximity to the hole. He averaged 25 feet, 8 inches. There is no doubt Weekley was the best ball-striker this week. It seems appropriate that shot making made the difference on Ben Hogan’s course.
Ball marker: Zach Johnson did not play well in the opening round and now we know why. He lost his ball marker. Johnson’s wife, Kim, made a marker several years ago that Zach uses for inspiration. It contains phrases and bible verses he reads during competition. On Thursday, that marker could not be found and Johnson struggled to a 69. He found the marker wedged between two pieces of paper in his golf bag and proceeded to shoot 65-68-66 to finish just two shots back of Boo Weekley.
Family affair: The most touching moment of the tournament took place before noon. That’s when Franklin Corpening finished off a 62. He is from Fort Worth and was a “Champion’s Choice” invitee. A huge local gallery walked the entire 18 holes with their favorite son and their early morning cheers echoed throughout the property. As Corpening exited the course, his Dad and Mom were there for hugs and tears. Matt Kuchar stopped to congratulate him on the way to the range. Corpening says his entire family rarely gets to see him play and to shoot a 62 with his family watching, is a moment he will forever remember.
Chipping: It all seemed so easy for Scott Stallings and it all came apart so quickly. Stallings shot 6 under on the front nine, turning in 29. A three-putt bogey from 15 feet on the 10th hole was an unforced error but Stallings immediately rebounded with a birdie on the 11th. He was 13 under and just two yards off the 15th green when the round unraveled. Stallings’ ball was in the seam, separating green and rough. The ball was sitting down and he “fatted” the chip into a bunker. It took Stallings two swipes to get out of the sand before he finally one-putted for a double bogey. The whole collapse took less than two minutes. Stallings’ body language was good, as he parred the next three holes to finish T4. Every golfer in the tournament has a sad story to tell, but there might have been a different tournament winner if Stallings could replay those 120 seconds of frustration.
Consistent: Matt Kuchar did not win but he gave himself a chance because of his consistency. He had a total of four bogeys the entire week. Kuchar hit 52 of 72 greens and didn’t have more than 29 putts in any round. He successfully scrambled for par 16 of 20 times. Kuchar ranked seventh this week in strokes gained-putting and stayed in the tournament by making a 55-footer on the 12th green. Kuchar is such a steady player, he was right there for the win if Boo Weekley had faltered.
Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here.
Matt Kuchar birdied the 18th to finish one shot behind Boo Weekley.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Matt Kuchar's wedges let him down Sunday. That cost him a chance to put his name on Colonial's Wall of Champions.
Kuchar entered the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial with a one-shot lead but couldn't hold out, as he finished one shot behind winner Boo Weekley.
Kuchar shot a final-round 2-under 68 to Weekley's 66 and walked off the 18th green wondering what happened to his wedge play.
"The biggest letdown for me was my wedge game," Kuchar said. "I had scoring clubs in my hand that I really count on a lot. I had a really good opportunity and just hit ordinary wedge shots and just wasn't able to take advantage of them."
Specifically, Kuchar cited the opening hole, a par-5, when his third shot from 74 yards failed to finish inside 15 feet; his approach from 91 yards at the 11th that finished 16 feet; and his approach from 128 yards at the 15th that landed 64 feet.
He also had an approach from 92 yards at the sixth that landed 21 feet from the pin.
"I feel like those are clubs that I can't wait to get in my hands," Kuchar said, "and today I just wasn't tight enough with the wedges."
Kuchar was seeking his sixth PGA TOUR win on a course that he loves, and for three rounds, he was on track. The second-place finish is his best in seven starts at Colonial.
"It's a tough pill to swallow when you wind up one shot short of a victory here on a course that I really, really want to put my name up on that Wall of Champions," Kuchar said. "... It's difficult at the moment coming just one shot short, but you can't control what other guys do."
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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By PGATOUR.COM staff
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Boo Weekley added another plaid jacket to his wardrobe.
Weekley rallied to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on Sunday after he carded a final-round, 4-under 66 to finish at 14 under.
Weekley, who moved to sixth in the FedExCup standings, earned his third career PGA TOUR win and the plaid jacket that goes to the Colonial champion. Weekley also earned plaid-like jackets in his other two wins, both at the RBC Heritage in 2007 and '08.
"I finally get my name up on that wall with Ben Hogan and some of the greats that have been here," Weekley told CBS. "It's awesome."
Matt Kuchar (68) finished with a birdie on the 18th to finish second at 13 under, followed by two-time Crowne Plaza champion Zach Johnson (66) at 12 under.
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By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Since finishing in a tie for fourth in January at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, Scott Stallings's results on the PGA TOUR have been frustrating.
In his last 11 starts, Stallings has missed the cut eight times and his best finish was a tie for 29th at The Honda Classic.
But he found something this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, especially on Sunday when he shot a 4-under 66 to finish at 11 under, and inside the top five.
"I haven't played well of late, and I've really struggled to kind of put a really good round with a lot of birdies in," Stallings said. "Obviously to do it on a Sunday on a great golf course is something to be proud of."
Stallings went out in 29, making three consecutive birdies to end his front nine. That moved him at 13 under. At the time, he was atop the leaderboard.
He was still 13 under going into the par-4 15th. But his approach shot left his ball just to the right of a greenside bunker in the rough and with an awkward stance. He chipped the first shot into the bunker, then failed to blast out of the bunker with his next shot.
He eventually ended with a double bogey on a hole, essentially taking him out of contention.
"It's just a tough lie in a tough spot," Stallings said of his first chip. "You either dump it out to the right and have a 15-footer for par, or try to get it up and down. ... That was it. A chance I thought at the time I needed to be taken."