Just two months shy of his 40th birthday, Boo Weekley put on a ball-striking clinic to finish at 14-under par and best Matt Kuchar by one stroke to win the 2013 Crowne Plaza Invitational.
This was Weekley's third career PGA win, and his first since 2008 as he overtook 54-hole leader Kuchar while firing his second consecutive 66.
Weekley has long been regarded as one of the best ball-strikers on Tour, and he was flashing that form on Sunday as he was sticking most approach shots within 15 feet of the pin.
He missed a few makeable birdie putts, and he actually finished the tournament with -.550 strokes gained-putting.
The win continues a productive season for Weekley, which the PGA highlights with this tweet:
Check out the leaderboard as well as a recap of Sunday's action. For complete scores, head over to PGA.com.
|1||Boo Weekley||67-67-66-66 ||-14|
|T4 ||Matt Every ||65-69-66-69||-11|
Note: All statistics, unless otherwise indicated, are courtesy of PGATour.com.
Is Weekley the best ball-striker on Tour?
Kuchar began the day at 11-under and with a one-stroke lead over four golfers, with Boo Weekley among the four. Kuchar birdied the second to drop to 12-under, which actually was just enough for him to keep pace with Weekley.
Boo jumped out to a great start. He earned a birdie on the first and third holes to also sit at 12-under. However, at this point, both players took a step back.
With two bogeys on holes Nos. 5 and 7, Weekley fell to 10-under. For his part, Kuchar bogeyed the par-four third hole, and then embarked on a string of pars.
On a day with solid scoring conditions, pars simply weren't going to cut it. By the time Kuchar ended a string of eight straight pars with a birdie on the par-four 12th, he was left looking up at Weekley.
Weekley wasn't rattled by his rough stretch on five through seven; instead, he was angry. And he took it out on the course by hitting this beautiful tee shot on the par-three eighth:
He birdied No. 8 and didn't stop there, besting par on Nos. 9 and 10 as well.
In this stretch, Weekley displayed phenomenal iron play, which isn't surprising. Weekley is a tremendous ball-striker. At this point, he was at 13-under and it was his tournament to lose.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jimmy Burch gushes about Weekley's striking:
Boo Weekley making zero mistakes today w lead. Impressive ball striking display at #CPIAC— Jimmy Burch (@Jimmy_Burch) May 26, 2013
He wasn't alone. Everyone was raving about his ball-striking as he was flag-hunting on every hole. However, as good a ball-striker as Weekley is, he is an equally shaky putter.
The suspense in this tournament would have been gone early had he been able to make more putts. Weekley missed several makeable birdie efforts down the stretch to sit at 14-under and leave Kuchar with a glimmer of hope.
However, Kuchar was back to another string of pars, which wouldn't allow him to get any closer. Kuchar birdied the 18th to own second by himself, but it wasn't enough to catch Weekley, who was in the clubhouse waiting to celebrate his win.
Zach Johnson Gets Back on Track
Zach Johnson fired an impressive final-round 66 to sit at 12-under for the tournament and enter with the clubhouse lead.
Johnson always seems to bring out his best for this tournament. Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner tells us how much Johnson loves this event.
Zach Johnson's last 5 starts at Colonial: T9-1st-4th-1st-currently T2. Easy money.— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) May 26, 2013
With Weekley hunting the pin on every hole, there wasn't much hope that the mark would be enough for Johnson to get into a playoff, but it was a great sign for the 36-year-old.
Johnson's play has been abysmal this year. This is his first top-10 finish of the year, and for the most part he hasn't even been close. He began to show signs of turning things around with a 19th at the Players his last time out, and this run goes a long way toward proving this won't be a lost season for this major winner.
Jordan Spieth Again Proves Tour Mettle
It is impossible not to watch Jordan Spieth for a tournament and not get excited about this young man's future. The 19-year-old Texan has a fantastic and well-rounded game, and he is doing things on the Tour that a 19-year-old should not be doing.
His seventh-place finish in this event is his fourth top 10 of the year. And he earned this with an impressive 67 on Sunday.
Spieth, who averaged over 308 yards on his drives for this tournament, can also roll the ball. Check out this effort on No. 15:
He finished this tournament with .998 strokes gained-putting.
This Sunday performance deserves mention not just because it led Spieth to another top 10, but also because he was able to quickly put some Saturday struggles behind him.
Midway through his third round. He wound up with a 71 to fall out of contention, but he didn't bring any negativity with him on Sunday.
He carded five birdies on Sunday in a solid round, and displayed Sunday form that will likely lead to numerous Tour victories before his career is over.