Grading the Crowne Plaza Invitational
High grades for Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Boo Weekley. Vijay Singh and Kyle Stanley failed out this week.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Boo Weekley humorously revealed Saturday that he's had some trouble focusing on shots and putts with his left eye.
"I get a real bad twitch," he said. "I'm trying to focus on something, especially staring down on the ball to take it back to putt it, [and] it will just twitch real bad. They said it was from lack of sleep. I told them, 'I don't know about that.' Then they said it may have been from alcohol. I don't know."
There was certainly nothing wrong with Weekley's vision on Sunday, though. He shot a 4-under-par 66 to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, the third PGA Tour win of his career.
Weekley carded birdies at Nos. 10 and 13 while Matt Kuchar, who was chasing him all day, canned a crazy 55-footer at No. 12 for birdie and added what would turn out to be a meaningless birdie on No. 18.
Kuchar turned in a clean back nine but never could fully make up the two-shot lead that Weekley held over him for most of the day.
Late on Saturday afternoon, after Weekley shot a third-round 69, he also talked about how he didn't mind playing in the next-to-last group in front of Kuchar and Matt Every.
"You've still got to go out and hit the shots and make the putts," Weekley said. "Somebody can come from the back and go get a good lead and put the pressure on whoever, and you never know. That's the one thing about golf: It's a fickle, fickle game."
It has been fickle the last half-decade for Weekley, ever since he jumped to No. 23 in the world golf rankings after his most recent previous win, at the 2008 Heritage. From there, though, it has been a bumpy ride. He dropped to as low as No. 618 in the world in March 2012 -- just 15 months ago.
A T3 at the Puerto Rico Open got him going, and he went on to finish inside the top 125 on the money list at the end of last year.
He has now come full circle since that win in 2008. On Sunday, he put it as succinctly and as Boo-like as possible right after he found out he'd won:
Here are our grades for the Crowne Plaza Invitational:
|A||Boo Weekley won more money on Sunday than he did in the last two years on Tour combined. Great playing from one of the Tour's great guys.|
|A||Matt Kuchar just keeps on rolling. A second-place finish is his fifth top-10 of the season, including a win at the World Match Play Championship and a T8 at Augusta. He's now third in the FedEx Cup standings.|
|A||Jordan Spieth didn't get what he wanted during the two-week "hometown" Dallas-Fort Worth stretch -- a win -- but he played splendidly. A third-round 71 was the only thing that kept him from getting win No. 1 on Tour.|
|B||Hunter Mahan didn't get a lot of press this week, but he played solidly. He didn't card a single round over par and finished T26.|
|C||Last year, Jason Dufner won the Byron Nelson Championship and finished second in Fort Worth. So a T33 at the Nelson and T46 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational this year is a letdown.|
|D||Ryo Ishikawa sneaked inside the cut but shot a 74-72 on the weekend to finish T70. It's his 10th finish of 50th or worse on the season, inlcuding six missed cuts.|
|F||Vijay Singh is probably the least liked golfer on Tour right now (Sergio Garcia notwithstanding), and his play is doing nothing to help that. Singh shot a 74-68 to miss his third cut in four events.|
|F||A disappointing 74-70 start derailed Kyle Stanley who, it seemed, was just starting to put everything together. He had two top-10s in his last three events, which makes a disappointing missed cut in Fort Worth all the more surprising.|
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