May 26 2013
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."