January 21 2011
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