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May 27, 2013

Weekley breaks through, wins Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas — Boo Weekley made three consecutive birdies in the middle of his round to take the lead at Colonial, and finished with a 4-under 66 on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory in five years.

Weekley never trailed after those birdies on Nos. 8-10, which came about the same time Scott Stallings made double bogey at No. 15 to drop out of the lead.

At 14-under 266, Weekley finished a stroke ahead of Matt Kuchar, the second- and third-round leader who closed with a 68. Defending Colonial 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.

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.

Weekley also won just more than $1.1 million, matching what the 2008 Ryder Cup team member earned his previous 14 tournaments this season while making 12 cuts and finishing in the top 10 three times.

Kuchar, at No. 13 in the world ranking and the highest-ranked player in the field, got to 12 under and was within a stroke of the lead when he made a 55-foot birdie putt at the 436-yard 12th hole. He punched his right arm into the air to punctuate the shot that got him within a stroke of Weekley for the lead.

Four holes ahead of Weekley, Johnson also got to 12 under with his second consecutive birdie, a 19-foot birdie that he celebrated with a fist pump on his own.

Almost as quickly, their one-stroke deficit was back to two.

At the par-3 13th, Weekley hit his tee shot to about 22 feet. After striking the putt, he swiped his putter in the air as if guiding the ball into the cup and thrusting his club above his head when the birdie dropped to get to 14 under.

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