By PGA TOUR staff
SHANGHAI - Boo Weekley’s second trip to China may not have the Florida native thinking about taking up residence, but his results through 36 holes of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions will most likely have Weekley circling the PGA TOUR’s Asia swing on his calendar in the coming years.
After two days at Sheshan International Golf Club, Weekley, Bubba Watson and first-round leader Rory McIlroy are tied for second, five shots behind the leader Dustin Johnson.
On Friday, Weekley posted a bogey-free 67 that included a stretch of five birdies in six holes. He credited his round to a long putt for par early in the round to awaken his putter.
"The first par 5 we get to (No. 14), I hit it in the water on the second shot but I made like a 25‑footer that kind of jump started my putting. From there, it was kind of like, all right, here we go, and I made three birdies in a row on the back and came to the front feeling (pretty good)."
China was introduced to Weekley in 2007, when the Jay, Fla., resident teamed with Heath Slocum representing the United States at the World Cup at Mission Hills GC in Shenzhen. In a press conference prior to the event, when asked about what he knew about China, Weekley replied, "I like rice," the first of many one-liners from Weekley that brought him notoriety as a sort of accidental tourist. On the golf course, Weekley and Slocum were fan favorites all week and finished second in the team competition to Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren, who bested the U.S. team in the third hole of sudden-death.
With two days remaining in the HSBC Champions, Weekley has significant ground to make up, but he likes his position. In China.
"I'm always in a fine position," he said. "I'm here, ain't I?"