Boo Weekley still trying to figure out how to negotiate the first round of a 54-hole event.
He also wants to putt better.
But if the colorful three-time PGA Tour winner from Milton (and the pride of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College) figures it out and makes the PGA Tour Champions rankings, he’ll bring a dose of his one-of-a-kind personality to any event.
“It’s been great,” Weekley said Monday at the Timuquana Country Club, where he was performing Constellation Energy Furyk & Friends media day. “It’s been unreal just to be able to come out and play with the guys again that I looked up to and grew up playing with.”
Weekley turned 50 on July 23 and will be one of two PGA Tour Champions “rookies” featured in Furyk & Friends field 6.-8. October in Timuquana. Tim O’Neal also plays. Ponte Vedra Beach resident Scott Hand is 50, but does not have enough standing to make the field and was scheduled to qualify Monday (Oct. 2 at TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley).
Weekley tied for 48thth last week at the Ally Challenge, tied for 47thth at the Shaw Charity Classic and tied for 66thth at the Boeing Classic. The regular PGA Tour Champions events are nothing, and Weekley also loves the idea of using a golf cart.
When reminded that he would be the youngest player in the field, he replied, “Dude, it doesn’t matter. They give me a golf cart, I can go.”
Weekley also said there is a little more camaraderie on the Champions Tour as opposed to the Korn Ferry Tour, where he played eight times earlier this season to get his game ready.
“It was like, ‘Who is this old guy,'” Weekley said of the reception he received on the Korn Ferry Tour. “‘What’s he doing taking up a seat?’
Weekley said he needs more starts to master the art of being aggressive in the first round, as it is difficult to play catch-up on the Champions Tour weekend.
“I’m still trying to figure out how to play a three-day event versus four days,” he said.
He also had a common reaction from Champions Tour rookies when there is a hint that it is ceremonial golf.
“I thought it was going to be 6,500 yards coming off the golf course … we’re going to pitch-and-putt there. It’s not going to be much,” he said. “Holy cow, these guys … they chip it so well , and they putt it even better than they chip it. It is fantastic. Really shocked. [But] I can play with these guys, I just have to believe in what I’m doing, so I have to work a little bit more on certain things that I haven’t gotten to work on in the last two or three years. “
Solheim Cup team kit
The day before the US Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson made his six captain’s picks, US Solheim Cup captain Stacy Lewis completed his team with wild card picks Ally Ewing, Angel Yin and Cheyenne Knight.
All three were the next available Americans in the women’s world rankings. Ewing and Yin have played in two Solheim Cups, bringing experience to an American team that has five rookies.
The USA will try to break Europe’s two-game winning streak 22-24. September at Finca Cortesin i Spain.
“Europe is really strong … they have all the momentum,” Lewis said.
The seven qualifiers on points include the two-time major champion Lilia Vu, No. 1 player in women’s golf; US Women’s Open champion Allisen Corpuz; Nelly Korda; Khang; Jennifer Kupcho; Danielle Kang; and Andrea Lee. Lexi Thompson and Rose Zhang was chosen from the world ranking list.
Europe’s team is led by the major champion Celine Boutier of France. The other qualifications were Maja Stark, Lynn Grant and Anna Nordqvist of Sweden; Charlie Hull and Georgia Hall of England; Leona Maguire of Ireland; and Carlota Ciganda of Spain.
Captain Suzanne Pettersen used his four picks on Caroline Hedwall and Madelene Sagstrøm of Sweden, Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland and Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark.
CBS Tour ratings were up slightly
CBS had a 1 percent increase for its 42 PGA Tour telecasts in 2023, averaging 2.206 million viewers during 2022. The nine “designated” PGA Tour events on CBS were up 5 percent over the previous year for those tournaments and streaming coverage on Paramount+ set records for households, minutes and average minutes.
Taking the week off
The PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour are off for the next two weeks, and the PGA Tour Champions have a week off.
The Champions Tour resumes on September 8 with the Ascension Charity Classic at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis.
The PGA Tour’s fall season opens at Silverado Resort in Napa, California. Sept. 14, and the Korn Ferry Finals resume the same day with the Simmons Bank Open at The Grove, in College Grove, Tenn.
Event: Portland Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, Ore.
At stake: $1.5 million purse ($225,000 to the winner).
Defending champion: Andrea Lee.
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday 18-21).
Area players registered: Amelia Lewis.
Notable: Lee shot 66 in the final round, beating Daniel Darquea by one shot.
This article originally appeared on the Florida Times-Union: Boo Weekley loves seeing old friends, driving carts on the PGA Tour Champions