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Just being Boo

HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Boo Weekley gingerly stepped up on the raised stage, then stretched and massaged his left knee as he sat down in the green chair Monday morning.

"I missed a step," he said, explaining he'd been limping since stumbling while having dinner at a friend's house recently. "I missed the first step, but I caught the second one."

Honest. To the point. Uncomplicated.

It was just Boo being Boo.

The PGA tour player from Milton, Fla., was doing his duty as the defending champion of the Verizon Heritage golf tournament, held each year in Hilton Head, S.C., the week after the Masters. He spent more than an hour milling around Harbour Town Golf Links, answering media questions, laughing, joking and proving why so many people say he's great for the game of professional golf.

"I think the tour needs me and my personality," he said. "I'm going to say (things that may not be politically correct) because that's the only way I know how to say it."

Thomas Brent Weekley - who picked up the "Boo" monicker from Yogi Bear's cartoon sidekick and attended Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College in Georgia - is the antithesis of the typical professional golfer.

He loves nothing more than to be hunting or fishing.

He loves it when people treat him like a regular guy.

But then he mentions the clothing line he's planning.

Ahhhh, there it is. See, even Boo can't step too far from the pro golfer stereotype. Let's get the details on that line of fine golfwear.

Only, even his clothing line is all Boo.

Turns out, Mr. Professional Golfer - who prefers blue jeans and a camouflage jacket to pressed khakis and a shiny golf shirt - is working with Bass Pro Shops and Mossy Oak to develop the line.

"It's just clothes, man," he said, shaking his head. "Do I look like a fashion guy?"

So what is Boo Weekly?

For the writers of the world, he's a walking quote machine; one of those rare people who truly can say something better than you can make up.

Take, for example, his thoughts on whether his wife will join him this year as he goes for this third straight win at Hilton Head: "I ain't messing up my mojo. (She) ain't coming. It ain't happening."

For his family, Boo Weekly is a dad. A proud dad. He beamed Monday as he told the gathered crowd about his seven-year-old son's first buck.

"I didn't know whether to cry or just hug him," Boo said. "He didn't know whether to cry or just hold his ear because (the gun) was so loud."

For golf fans and the PGA Tour, Boo Weekly may be just what the doctor ordered: An injection of Joe Average in the world of professional golf.

Web posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009

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