5 Things: Weekley wins Colonial; first win since 2008
Sunday, May 26, 2013
On a day when it was tough to tell between the barks of "Boooooooo" and "Kuuuuuuuch" at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, it was Boo Weekley who would find the winner's circle, using a 4-under 66 to clear Matt Kuchar by a single shot to win his first PGA Tour title since 2008.
Here are 5 Things to take away from Sunday at Colonial:
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1. BOO-YAH! Boo Weekley must be trying to make a fashion statement -- otherwise how could you explain the three plaid jackets that represent each of his PGA Tour victories?
Weekley added a plaid, red jacket on Sunday behind a brilliant ball-striking performance that included six birdies and two front-nine bogeys -- giving his closet a new color mix after his two yellow, plaid jackets as the winner of the 2007 and 2008 RBC Heritage.
"I get to go back to the Masters, this is awesome!" said Weekley.
Weekley's happy-go-lucky attitude has seemed to work for the Florida native in 2013, as the victory is his fourth top-10 of the season and moves to sixth in the FedEx Cup standings.
Weekley was one of six players to shoot in the 60s each day, including back-to-back 66s on the weekend.
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2. SECOND-PLACE MATT: Matt Kuchar, the 54-hole leader despite a long Saturday due to poor weather conditions on Friday, couldn't get his putter going early and it cost him late when it woke up a bit.
Kuchar failed to pick up a birdie at either par-5s on Sunday, missing 18-footers on both Nos. 1 and 11.
After an easy birdie at No. 2, Kuchar's next birdie didn't come until he drained a 55-footer on No. 12, giving Weekley the opportunity to move ahead and leave Kuchar doing the chasing.
Kuchar would make a 25-footer on No. 18 to finish solo second, also keeping him third in the FedEx Cup standings.
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3. HOMETOWN KID: Franklin Corpening's name didn't jump out at you for the first three days, as the TCU product made the cut by playing solid golf (68-70-72).
But Sunday was a different story.
With a contingent of fans following the Fort Worth native despite his early tee time, Corpening matched the best round of the tournament with an 8-under 62, picking up nine birdies and a single bogey to move to 8 under for the tournament, good for a T-14.
"The feeling is unbelievable to have so many friends and family members out here and members," Corpening said. "To have nothing going the first three rounds and then really come out here and make some putts, hit it really well. It's just a blessing, the whole situation."
Corpening had made six of seven cuts on the Web.com Tour this year, with only two top-25 finishes.
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4. CONTINUING TO IMPRESS: Jordan Spieth could be playing in the NCAA Men's Championship this upcoming week with the Texas Longhorns. Instead, he'll head to the FedEx St. Jude Classic after his fourth top-10 finish of the season -- in only 11 starts on the PGA Tour. He also had two top-7 finishes on the Web.com Tour this season.
Spieth picked up a 3-under 67 on Sunday to finish at 10 under for the tournament, good for T-7 -- his best finish since a T-9 at the RBC Heritage. The 19-year-old had five birdies in each round.
Spieth, who is playing on a special temporary status that allows him as many sponsor exemptions as he is willing to accept, is inching toward $1 million earned this season.
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5. SHORT SHOTS: Last week's champion, Sang-Moon Bae, finished last of those that played the weekend, firing a 7-over 77 on Sunday to end the tournament at 6 over . . . Ryan Palmer, who led the tournament after an opening-round 62, rebounded from rounds of 70-71 with a 67 on Sunday to finish at 8 under overall . . . While not the overall finish he'd want, Ryo Ishikawa made his fifth consecutive cut after missing six of his first nine.