FedEx St. Jude Classic Favorite: Boo Weekley

By Carl Conrad
Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Not only is he a fan favorite, but Boo Weekley is playing well enough to earn a spot as a favorite at this week’s PGA Tour stop, the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind. Weekley has seen his career revived off of life support in recent weeks. He’s been playing so well, in fact, that he won last week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational. That win skyrocketed him up just about every ranking that you can imagine.

After years of toiling in relative obscurity, Weekley is now sixth in the FedEx Cup standings and jumped all the way to 55th in the official world golf rankings. That might not seem like a big deal compared to players like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, but Weekley finished the 2012 season ranked 299th and the week before his win was all the way at 111th. At this rate he’s going to be challenging for the top spot before the end of the year (maybe not, but he’s still making significant strides).

Even though he’s ranked a paltry 168th in strokes gained – putting, Weekley has still managed to find success this year. A big reason for that success is the fact that he is ranked fourth in greens in regulation, 17th in driving accuracy and 26th in par breakers. Those stats show that Weekley has managed to overcome some difficulties on the greens thanks to solid ball striking. If you’re able to get yourself into good position, you don’t necessarily have to be the best putter on the planet.

This course sets up nicely for Weekley. The par 70 track should give him ample opportunity to put himself in scoring position. If he can get anything going with the short stick he will be in good shape.

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