By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Little things can sometimes make a big difference.
For Boo Weekley, learning how to breathe properly and taking a little pressure off his right hand while putting did just that Thursday.
After opening with back-to-back bogeys, Weekley rattled off five birdies in an eight-hole stretch in the middle of his round en route to a 66 that leaves him near the top of the leaderboard at The Honda Classic.
"It's kind of like when I'm shooting my guns long range, I have to take a deep breath and blow it out and then pull the trigger," said Weekley, who matched his lowest round since a 65 in Las Vegas 18 months ago.
Taking the pressure off his right hand during the putting stroke has also taken some pressure off Weekley. Thursday, he had 27 putts, which included going 13-for-13 on putts inside 10 feet and making five more outside that range.
Weekley has come from a lot longer than that, however.
A year ago, Weekley played mostly on sponsor exemptions after finishing the 2011 season 180th on the money list. He's also battled a myriad of injuries in recent years, including shoulder problems.
"It's tough when you have to write letters," he said. "Thank the good Lord that I have been friendly enough, and been an outgoing guy to a lot of these tournaments. I've done about everything they have asked me to do."
Weekley took advantage of the opportunity and got his card back after finishing 108th in money last year.
"It's just part of golf," Weekley said of hs struggles. "My confidence is getting there. My swing is starting to come around. I'm actually healthy. I feel good."