PGA Tour

Hilton Head favorite Boo Weekley gives fans reason to cheer in Round 2

ccox@islandpacket.comApril 13, 2012 

Boo Weekley entered Friday's second round at Harbour Town Golf Links with an uneasy feeling forming in the pit of his stomach.

But that feeling had little to do with the course, its firm greens or where he stood on the leaderboard.

"I had a little bit of reflux this morning and thought I was going to do a little yodeling out there early in the rounds," he said.

That feeling was surely gone by the end of the day, as Weekley shot a 5-under 66 to move within three strokes of leader Colt Knost at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. With the help of some extra Tylenol, which caddie John Connelly made sure to pack in his bag, the fan favorite at the Heritage carded six birdies after shooting a 1-under 70 in Thursday's opening round.

"This golf course just suits me," Weekley said. "It's very, very similar to what I grew up playing, having to hit it a certain distance off the tee and having to shape your shots around the greens."

Weekley is no stranger to Harbour Town. The 38-year-old is one of only three repeat winners at the Heritage, winning in his debut appearance back in 2007 and then again the next year.

His success here has created a rabid and rowdy following for the Milton, Fla., native unlike on any other course he plays. Well, except for one.

"Not unless I played at my home course," he said, drawing laughter. "I mean, that's as close as it gets. It feels like home."

That comfort came into play Friday, as Weekley carded four birdies on the front nine to temporarily climb to the top of the leaderboard. He said his confidence isn't quite yet to the level that it was during his back-to-back title run but it is steadily getting there.

"It's a big confidence boost, especially knowing that I have won here twice," he said. "And the fans, you know, I enjoy the fans as much as they enjoy hollering my name.

"And the main thing is just going out and staying focused, and let the golf take care of itself and everything else ... will take care of itself."

Weekley has come a long way since his hot streak toward the latter part of the last decade, which culminated with a spot on the 2008 Ryder Cup team. Weekley has just a pair of top-10 finishes in the last two years, some of which was due in part to a torn labrum in his left shoulder that he suffered in 2009.

"I would love to get back to that level, but right now I'm just trying to take baby steps," he said. "I want to worry about what's in front of me and just go from there."

That next step comes at 1:40 p.m. today, when Weekley will tee off for the third round. He's naturally hoping to have some of the same success that he experienced Friday morning.

Which may or may not involve that same feeling in his stomach.

"I might have swallowed some dip or something, I don't know," he said.

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