There was a time when Boo Weekley was considered an up and coming star on the PGA Tour. After all of that potential seemed to have faded, Weekley was mentioned more for his interesting (see: camouflage) attire than for his golf game. Last week’s Tampa Bay Championship at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course could very well be Weekley’s redemption song.
His final round score of 63 was the best round of the week by two shots. That incredibly efficient performance under pressure gave him the lead in the clubhouse at eight under par. Had it not been for a gutsy performance by Kevin Streelman, Weekley would have won his first event title since the 2008 Verizon Heritage, when he successfully defended his title from the previous year.
Weekley’s solo second place finish shot him up the FedEx Cup standings at warp speed. He was 87th heading into the week and 19th by the time Sunday night rolled around. That’s a 68 point jump for those of you that are wondering. It marks the first time he cracked the top 20 since 2009.
There are myriad stories of golfers that were on the precipice of becoming household names but fell off, never to be heard from again. It is rare that those same golfers have their careers resurrected. This performance could mark the resurgence of Weekley’s once promising career. He’s strung together two consecutive top 10 finishes (he finished tied for eighth at the Puerto Rico Open) and one or two more would move it from a coincidence to a pattern.