Boo Weekley Wins At Colonial

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Boo Weekley carded a final-round 4-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over third-round leader Matt Kuchar and two- shot win over defending champion Zach Johnson at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Weekley’s third PGA TOUR victory comes in his 189th TOUR start at the age of 39 years, 10 months and three days. Weekley becomes the 10th player (13 wins) in his 30s to win on TOUR this season, compared to seven winners in their 20s and two in their 40s.

Weekley’s victory on Sunday, as well as his wins at the 2007 and 2008 RBC Heritage, earned him a plaid jacket. Weekley becomes the first champion at Colonial with four rounds in the 60s since Zach Johnson in 2010.

With the victory, Weekley earns 500 points and moves from No. 28 to No. 6 in the FedExCup standings. He extends his PGA TOUR membership through the 2014-15 season.

Weekley becomes the fifth-consecutive come-from-behind winner of the Colonial, and the sixth since 2001. He joins Sergio Garcia (2001), Steve Stricker (2009), Zach Johnson (2010), David Toms (2011) and Zach Johnson (2012).

Weekley played Colonial Country Club’s “Horrible Horseshoe” in even-par this week. He was 2-under on No. 3, 1-over on No. 4 and 1-over on No. 5.

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Weekley made seven putts over 20 feet in length this week, equaling his career-best mark at the 2010 Zurich Classic of New Orleans (7). On Sunday, his longest putt made

was 21’5″ on No. 13.

The runner-up finish is the sixth of Kuchar’s career and first since The Barclays in 2011. Kuchar is one for two when holding the third-round lead/co-lead, winning the 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship. He is the fifth-consecutive third-round leader at the Colonial to come away without a victory.

Zach Johnson finished solo-third in his effort to join Ben Hogan as the only players to win back-to-back Colonials, with Hogan performing the feat twice (1946-47 and 1952-53).

A year ago, Johnson’s final-round 2-over 72 snapped a streak of 15 consecutive rounds in the 60s at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, dating to a first-round 69 in 2009. He began a new streak this year with all four rounds in the 60s. In all, he owns 25 rounds in the 60s out of 32 overall at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

Johnson has five-consecutive top-10 finishes and has never finished outside of the top 30 in eight starts at the Colonial: 2013/3rd, 2012/1st, 2011/4th, 2010/1st, 2009/T9, 2006/T30, 2005/T26, 2004/T14.

Local favorite Jordan Spieth finished T7 in his first start at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The last player to win the event in his first start at Colonial was Sergio Garcia in 2001. Tour and Colonial Country Club member Franklin Corpening posted the round of the day with an 8-under 62, jumping from T62 to T14. By comparison, the Colonial CC course record is 61, set by Chad Campbell (2004), Justin Leonard (2003), Kenny Perry (2003), Greg Kraft (1999), Keith Clearwater (1993) and Lee Janzen (1993).

John Huh came the closest to posting top-10 finishes at both the HP Byron Nelson Championship and Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The Dallas, Texas resident followed up a T8 finish last week with a T11 finish at Colonial.

Colonial Country Club shows its teeth over the stretch of holes from Nos. 3-5, known as the “Horrible Horseshoe.” Cumulatively this week, No. 3 played as the second-most difficult on the course (4.160), with No. 4 the third-hardest (3.114) and No. 5 the most difficult (4.176).

Final-Round Leaderboard

Boo Weekley (-14)

Matt Kuchar (-13)

Zach Johnson (-12)

Scott Stallings (-11)

John Rollins (-11)

Matt Every (-11)

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