Tag Archives: Boo Weekley

Jan
12
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Welcome to the first full-field event of 2016 with the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club. This tournament used to mark the unofficial “first day of school” on the PGA Tour when it kicked off the new season, but with the advent of the wraparound schedule, it’s just a new year. However, it was a bit more exciting to meet the rookies after Q-school and the veterans who had to deal with the harrowing experience to get their cards back. (Weird to think that there have been two sort of major changes since I started covering the Tour regularly in 2011.)

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Feb
18
2014
The drivable par-4 no. 15 at Dove Mountain
The Wednesday of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship is one of the most fun and intriguing days in the PGA Tour season. Let’s call it Wacky Wednesday. Because you really never know what’s going to happen. Filling out a bracket in golf? You might as well throw darts at a board. Or pick names out of a hat.

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Nov
1
2013
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour
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Dustin Johnson has a lot of fans in China

Dustin Johnson soared up the leaderboard, firing a nine-under 63 that included 10 birdies and one bogey to steer him five clear of the field as he heads into the weekend at the HSBC Champions. Johnson usurped his long-hitting, bomber style of play to overpower Sheshan International Golf Club, rolling in birdies on six of his first seven holes to quickly catch first-round leader Rory McIlroy.

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Jun
11
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes
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Everyone standing in awe of the crowds, cluster and chaos: It’s only Tuesday (shaking heads)

As I’m sure you’ve heard, keeping it in the fairway is premium for players this week at Merion, especially if they want to be in contention coming down the stretch on Sunday. Precision off the tee is crucial even more so than an average U.S. Open — though even if you look at the stats for recent champs, they ranked poorly in driving accuracy — because the rough isn’t graduated as it has been in the last few years.

So, if you miss the fairway even by an inch, you’re not likely going to reach the green and how far players advance the ball is going to depend on how bad their lie is in the thick, long grass (and if it rains on Thursday as the forecast predicts, then it’s going to be even tougher). 

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May
29
2013

Welcome to this week’s By The Numbers smorgasbord, which includes The Players, HP Byron Nelson Championship and the Colonial Invitational! This should be educational. So, buckle up, stats geeks.

Tiger Woods, y'all

Tiger Woods, y’all

Each season on the PGA Tour often has a recurring theme. A couple of years ago, there were a deluge of playoffs, last year we saw some tremendous final-round comebacks, and it seems like this year’s winners have previously barely made a cut all year.

At the Byron Nelson Championship, we saw another example of that with Sang-Moon Bae. Just like there have been a variety of winners so far this season, there are many different ways to win golf tournaments. Most commonly, the champions have been able to excel in many contrasting parts of their game well over the course of the tournament, as we have seen multiple times over the course of the season — which is what Sang-Moon Bae did at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. 

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May
28
2013
By Stephanie Wei under US Open
Day was runner-up at the U.S. Open

Day was runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Open

The USGA announced that 26 more players have earned their way into the U.S Open at Merion Golf Club, held June 13-16, in Ardmore, Pa. The following exemptions were awarded to 25 guys ranked in the top 60 in the Official World Golf Rankings as of May 27 that weren’t already in the field (obviously):

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May
27
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
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Tim Clark is thought to have led the anchorers against the ban on anchoring

Tim Clark, Carl Pettersson and seven other PGA Tour players have teamed up to take on golf’s governing bodies if the PGA Tour adopts the impending ban on anchored putters, which the USGA and R&A announced last week would be banned starting January 1, 2016. While several other major tours have come out to voice their support for golf’s governing bodies, the PGA Tour is waiting it out and if it decides to adopt — which it likely will — the rule, then nine Tour pros are ready to fight over the issue in court, according to SB Nation’s Emily Kay:

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May
26
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Boo's back!

Booooooooooooooo! No, they’re not booing! They’re Boo’ing.

Golf is better when Tiger Woods is winning tournaments and the only thing that makes it more fun is when Boo Weekley wins, too. He’s a redneck and talks like one (“ain’t” is a regular in his vocabulary), loves beer (the cheap, American kind) and singing (if you’re walking down the fairway with him, he’ll likely be crooning and making up his own lyrics to a familiar tune), and I’m pretty sure he golfs to support his fishing habit.

What you see is what you get, though he is smarter than he may lead you to believe, and everybody loves Boo, who broke his five-year victory drought at the Colonial Invitational. 

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May
1
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes
Ogilvy checks out the 9th green, which is in rough condition

Ogilvy checks out the 9th green, which is in the roughest condition

Everybody’s talking about the damaged greens at the usually pristine Quail Hollow Club. It’s only Wednesday and the state of the greens is the most popular topic of the tournament. Just walk out to the putting green — quite a few of the players will tell you that it’s the best one on the course. They’re half-joking, but there’s some truth to it. Which is a shame for the well-run tournament that’s a favorite among players, caddies and the media. 

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