Boo Weekley swings smoothly during his opening round at Royal Pines yesterday.
Boo Weekley swings smoothly during his opening round at Royal Pines yesterday. Aap

Boo Weekley puts scare into PGA field

THOMAS Brent Weekley can't wait to get back home to Florida to go deer hunting with his mates.

But for now the golfer better known worldwide by the catchy nickname of "Boo" is happy hunting birdies around the Royal Pines resort on the Gold Coast in his quest to return home with the Joe Kirkwood Cup which, weather permitting, will be presented to the winner of the Australian PGA Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Weekley, who has eaten his way through a mountain of meat pies on his Australian sojourn, felt right at home in the steamy, almost murderous humidity yesterday, carving an opening round six-under par 66 before the storm clouds opened for the afternoon session and forced play to be abandoned for more than three hours.

The highlight of his round was his approach to the par-four 17th (his eight hole), which bounced twice before disappearing into the cup for an eagle and an outward four-under 32.

The 41 year-old told APN he could never remember being called anything but Boo.

"It's more of a baseball or football name," explained the first-time visitor to Australia.

"Thomas ain't a baseball name, Brent ain't a football name and Boo just kinda stuck.

"They've been calling me Boo since I was three ... I love it."

Weekley isn't the only one in the family with an unusual moniker.

His two sons are nicknamed Highball and Lowball, keeping up with the baseball theme.

While he is keen to finish his three-tournament stint Down Under with a victory, Weekley said as soon as he finished his final round on Sunday he would pack his bags and clubs and head home to go hunting.

"We're going hunting some deer ... I hunt dove, squirrel and ducks. I just like smelling gunpowder," he joked. "People have got drug problems - that's my drug problem."

Before heading to Australia a month ago, Weekley wrote "top 20" in his golf book to remind him of his goals.

If he keeps playing like he did in his opening round, he might just be able to add the entry "No.1" on the next page.

The man who may be his biggest danger is the world No.3, Queenslander Adam Scott.

The defending champion opened with a four-under 68 to sit in a group of five players just two shots behind the American.

LEADERBOARD

1st Boo Weekley (USA) 66

Eq 2nd David Smail (NZ) 68

Eq 2nd Adam Scott (Aus) 68

Eq 2nd Wade Ormsby (Aus) 68

Eq 2nd James Marchesani (Aus) 68

Eq 2nd Craig Hancock (Aus) 68

* First round to be completed this morning



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