The Norman Transcript


May 27, 2013

Weekley breaks through, wins Colonial



That was enough for Weekley, who finished with five consecutive pars — missing 4-footers at Nos. 14 and 17 — before his 29-foot putt at the final hole lipped out of cup.

Stallings’ closing 66 put him in a tie for fourth at 11 under, with John Rollins (68) and Matt Every (69).

Weekley’s long-awaited third victory came on the same week he went to see a doctor about the problem he has had recently maintaining focus in his left eye. That has caused him problems reading the greens recently, and sometimes he even gets bad twitches when trying to concentrate on something, like staring down at the ball.

Stallings had a 6-under 29 on the front nine, one off the course record, and was 13 under with a one-stroke lead when he got the 428-yard 15th hole.

But he took three shots from inside a radius of about 5 yards while Weekley was making his turn.

After his tee shot at No. 15 went into a left fairway bunker, Stallings hit his approach over the green. His chip shot then hit the edge of a greenside bunker, rolling into the sand, and he failed to get out of there on his next shot before finally blasting to 6 feet. Weekley had just made an 18-foot birdie at No. 9 to get to 12 under, and was in position for another birdie at the 10th hole.

It was also at No. 15 that Johnson had his only bogey of the day. He drove into a right-side bunker and hit from there onto the green nearly 60 feet from the cup, but missed a par-saving 5-footer.

Johnson made an 11-foot birdie at the par-3 16th but came up a short of his third Colonial victory. Five-time winner Ben Hogan is still the only player to win Colonial more than twice.

Kuchar was 12 under when he made an 11-foot birdie putt off the back fringe at No. 2 before a bogey on the next hole when he took two shots from a greenside bunker. Then came a steady stream of pars until rolling in that long putt at No. 12. He didn’t have another birdie until a closing 20-footer for second place alone.

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