Friday, April 18, 2008

Boo is scary-good at Hilton Head

Ain’t Boo Weekley great?

I mean, really, is there a better, more genuine personality in professional golf - any sport for that matter - than the stocky guy from Milton, Fla., whose mama is spending the week with him at the Verizon Heritage?

I don’t think so.

The funny thing about Boo is he’s street smart for a guy who probably hasn’t spent much time in the streets. Maybe he’s dirt-road smart.

He has a clear vision of his world, who he is and what he’s doing.

Two days into this Heritage, Boo looks like he’s trying to replace Davis Love III as the prince of Harbour Town. Boo won here last year and now he’s at the top of the leader board again despite violating the basic rule of golf around Harbour Town by hitting most of his tee shots semi-sideways.

But if there’s a man in the field who knows his way around trees, it’s Boo. You get the sense that if he could hunt or fish for a living, he’d be doing it.

Other tour players endorse banks and car makers. Boo wears the logo of a company that makes camoflague attire. It’s a perfect marriage.

When Boo hit the ceremonial tee shot into the Calibogue Sound Monday - wearing his champion’s tartan blazer and serenaded by a booming cannon after parading in - he called it “marching around some lagoon.”

His mother, Patsy, played with him in the Wednesday pro-am and outdrove him on one hole, which chapped him a little bit.

After his 64 Friday morning, Boo has played six competive rounds at Harbour Town and never shot higher than 69. He might win here again this year.

It wouldn’t surprise him.

Boo said he started thinking about winning as soon as he got here.

He’s smart that way.