Weekley's birdie run nets title in 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 him to 14 under, where he finished Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory 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," Weekley said. "I knew I was hitting the ball too well just to hold on."

With five consecutive pars after that, Weekly finished at 14-under 266 for a one-stroke victory over 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 finish this season — and fifth straight at Colonial.

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 any differences between 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, those coming about the same time Scott Stallings made double bogey at No. 15 to drop out of the lead.

Senior PGA Championship

At St. Louis, Kohki Idoki erased a five-stroke deficit against a fading Kenny Perry with room to spare, charging to a two-stroke victory in the Senior PGA Championship.

It was the third bitter final-round major tournament failure for the 52-year-old Perry, who led by three strokes with six holes to play but settled for a second-place tie with Jay Haas.

The 51-year-old Idoki closed with a 6-under 65 to finish at 11 under at Bellerive Country Club to become the first player to win the tournament on his first attempt since Michael Allen in 2009. Idoki got a beer shower from fellow Japanese players Joe Ozaki and Kiyoshi Murota after finishing ahead of Perry's final group.

Perry shot a 72, and Haas had a 70. Perry squandered a two-stroke lead with two holes to go in the 2009 Masters and also let victory slip away in the 1996 PGA.

Bahamas LPGA Classic

At Paradise Island, Bahamas, South Korea's Ilhee Lee won the Bahamas LPGA Classic for her first title, finishing with a 5-under 42 for a two-shot win over Irene Cho in the 36-hole tournament.

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.

BMW PGA Championship

A Virginia Water, England, Italy's Matteo Manassero became the youngest champion in the 58-year history of the BMW PGA Championship, beating England's Simon Khan with a birdie on the fourth hole of a playoff.

Manassero, at 20 years, 37 days, made amends for letting victory slip away two years ago at Wentworth. The previous youngest winner was Scotland's Bernhard Gallacher in 1969 at 20 years, 97 days.

With the victory, his fourth European Tour title, Manassero qualified for the U.S. Open next month and avoided a 36-hole qualifier Monday at Walton Heath.

Manassero closed with a 3-under 69 to match Khan and Scotland's Marc Warren at 10-under 278. Khan finished with a 66. Warren, eliminated on the first extra hole, shot a 69. Manassero and Khan each birdied the first three extra holes.


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