Friday, December 15, 2017
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Weekley wins PGA's Crowne Plaza at Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas — Boo Weekley was at the 13th hole during the final round of the Colonial before he finally glanced at a leaderboard — and saw his name on the top.

It was at that par 3 surrounded by an often rowdy crowd that he also heard the loudest "Boo!" in quite some time.

Weekley hit his birdie putt from about 22 feet, then swiped his putter in the air as if guiding the ball into the cup. He thrust the club above his head when the ball dropped to get to 14-under 266, where he finished the Crowne Plaza Invitational on Sunday for his first PGA Tour win in five years.

"That's when I realized, 'Wow, here I go.' I need to do something, either hold on to it or try to make a couple of more birdies," said Weekley, a native of Milton in the Florida Panhandle. "I knew I was hitting the ball too well just to hold on."

With five consecutive pars after that, Weekly finished one stroke ahead of Matt Kuchar, the second- and third-round leader who had a closing 68.

Defending champion Zach Johnson, who also won at Hogan's Alley in 2010, shot 66 to finish third at 12 under for his first top-10 this season.

Both of Weekley's previous wins had been at Harbour Town, in 2007 and 2008. Like the Heritage winner, the Colonial champion gets a plaid jacket, though the 2008 Ryder Cup team member wasn't able to compare them.

"I couldn't tell you, it's been so long," said Weekley, who moved up to No. 55 in the world ranking, making him eligible for the U.S. Open.

Weekley's check of just more than $1.1 million matched what he earned his previous 14 tournaments this season while making 12 cuts and finishing in the top 10 three times. He never trailed after consecutive birdies at Nos. 8-10.

CHAMPIONS: Kohki Idoki erased a five-stroke deficit against Kenny Perry with room to spare, charging to a two-stroke victory in the Senior PGA Championship in St. Louis. It was the third bitter final-round major tournament failure for Perry, 52, who led by three strokes with six holes to play but settled for a second-place tie with Jay Haas. "Well, it was going good for the first 13 holes or whatever," Perry said. Idoki closed with 6-under 65 to finish at 11-under 273.

LPGA: Ilhee Lee made a clutch par putt on the second-to-last hole in a raging wind to keep a one-shot lead, then drilled a fairway metal out of light rough and onto the par-5 18th green to set up a two-putt birdie. That gave her 5-under 42 for a two-shot win over Irene Cho in the Bahamas LPGA Classic in Paradise Island. Lee finished at 11-under 126 for her first career win in a tournament shortened to 36 holes in three rounds because of flooding. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (50) finished at 1-under 136, Tampa resident Kristy McPherson (49) at 4-over 141 and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (50) at 11-over 148.

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