Some Pretty Cool Stuff Happened In Golf Last Week

Boo Weekley [Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images]

Boo Weekley
[Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images]

While there were several unfortunate quotes out of the BMW PGA Championship last week, some actual golf was played. As a matter of fact there were some fantastic stories that emerged from the major tours this weekend.

On the PGA Tour Boo Weekley captured his third career victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, remember him?

It’s Weekley’s first Tour win in five years with his first two coming back-to-back in 2007-08 at the RBC Heritage. Boo fired a 4-under 66 to pass 54-hole leader Matt Kuchar (final round 68) and hold off a surging defending champion, Zach Johnson (final round 66).

It certainly is fun to have a character like Boo Weekley winning on Tour again. He is a unique personality and appears he’d rather be in a tree stand than a tee box. But make no mistake, Boo is an incredible ball striker. He hit 86% of his fairways and 72% of his greens for the week.

Ihlee Lee [Getty Images]

Ihlee Lee
[Getty Images]

The LPGA Tour was schedule to play in The Bahamas. The issue facing the tour was the amount water on the course. With six holes underwater and needing to play at least 36 holes to make the event official the LPGA thoughtoutside the box and made a brilliant decision. Doug Ferguson of the AP has the story on winner Ilhee Lee

Matteo Manassero [Photo: SkySports]

Matteo Manassero
[Photo: SkySports]

Over in Europe, it seemed anything would suffice to remove the bitter taste of off-color remarks made by Sergio Garcia, George O’Grady and Colin Montgomerie early in the week. Who knew the tour would turn to a 20-year-old? Italy’s Matteo Mannasero captured his fourth career win, and the biggest of his career. He is one month removed from turning 20 and has four wins in four years on tour.

Initially in a three way playoff with Mark Warren and Simon Khan, Mannasero held off Kahn with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole after Khan’s second shot found the water. This kid is so talented and so smart on the course, it seems odd to say about 23-year-old Rory McIlroy,  but he has a youngster nipping at his heels.

Kohki Idoki [AP Photo/Jeff Roberson]

Kohki Idoki
[AP Photo/Jeff Roberson]

On the Champions Tour, a major championship was played at historic Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. The Senior  PGA Championship is the oldest tournament in senior golf. Kohki Idoki of Japan (pronounced KO-KEE EYE-DOE-KEE) shot a bogey-free 65 to to finish at 11-under, two shots ahead of Kenny Perry and Jay Haas. 

John Kim of has the story on Idoki

Already, his name is on the first page of the leaderboard along the likes of Perry, Haas, Cochran and Spittle. Not bad for a golfer who is not only playing in his first Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, but making his first visit ever to the United States. In fact, the only other time Idoki had left Japan was last year, when he played in the Senior Open Championship at Turnberry.


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