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The Tour Report

October 18 2012

7:35 PM

Weekley in tune with golf again

Back on track

Boo Weekley talks about his 64 in the first round of The McGladrey Classic.

By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Maybe it was a return to a thicker putting grip. Perhaps it was the chit-chat with his caddie about fishing lures and fishing spots. Or just maybe Boo Weekley played the best round of his season because he kicked back and had a good ole time watching one of his favorite country music bands on Wednesday night. Either way, Weekley felt good and played even better. Weekley opened The McGladrey Classic with a sizzling, 6-under 64 on Thursday and was two shots behind first-round co-leaders Bud Cauley and Marco Dawson. Perhaps even more impressive was the fact that Weekley -– who ranks 189th on the PGA TOUR in strokes gained-putting –- ranked ninth in that category in Round 1. “It’s been a long time coming,” Weekley said. “Finally started making some putts. I’ve been hitting the ball pretty good the last few weeks and finally today the putts showed up.” Did they ever. Weekley buried putts of 14, 7, 15, 8, and 7 feet, feeling more comfortable on the same type of Bermuda greens he grew up on. He also went back to a different putter with a fatter grip, one that he used to finish T3 at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com and T6 at the RBC Heritage. Weekley also credited his caddie with taking his mind off the game – right now he’s 121st on the money list – by talking about fishing, one of his passions. “I’m pretty aware of it,” Weekley, who is planning on doing some fishing on Friday, said about his precarious position on the money list. “The last two weeks I’ve actually played pretty good but I just seem to get nothing out of my round. “It just gets more frustrating. The more frustrated you get out here you start getting negative, you start talking trash to yourself saying, ‘You ain’t gonna make the cut because you can’t make this 5-footer. You missed three already the first five holes.’ It just kind of wears on your mind.” Weekley had music on his mind on Wednesday night at Sea Island Golf Club, where country music singer Gary Allan performed. Weekley has become friends with Allan and his band over the past three years and even plays golf with them. Weekley wasn’t about to recite any lyrics out loud – “In the hot tub, maybe,” he said -- but definitely sounded as if he was more relaxed on Thursday morning. He has also fought some health issues in the past months so he's certainly excited to be in tune with his golf game again. “It just felt good,” said Weekley, who last won in 2008. “Started making some putts and that started building some confidence.”