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Former ABAC star Weekley snaps five-year title drought

Boo Weekley emerges from a crowded leaderboard at the Crowne Plaza Invitational to win his first tournament in five years.

Boo Weekley emerges from a crowded leaderboard at the Crowne Plaza Invitational to win his first tournament in five years.

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Boo Weekley snagged his first PGA Tour win in five years after firing a four-under 66 in the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday.

Weekley was one shot behind compatriot and overnight leader Matt Kuchar, a former star at Georgia Tech, when play began at Colonial Country Club but used a string of birdies to top a crowded leaderboard that featured 22 players within five shots of the lead after the third round.

The 39-year-old Weekley offset two early birdies with bogeys at the par-four fifth and par-four seventh holes but recovered with birdies at four of his next six holes en route to a 14-under total of 266 that left him one shot ahead of Kuchar.

“It feels good to actually have butterflies again, knowing that I’m in this, an opportunity to maybe win,” Weekley told reporters. “I might have shot 80 (Sunday). But I didn’t. It was my time to win.”

Weekley played on the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College golf team in Tifton during the 1992-93 season before leaving the school after one season to work in a chemical plant in Pensacola.

Weekley, who studied turfgrass science at ABAC, was recently inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.

On Sunday, Weekley won his third PGA Tour title and took home a cash prize of $1,152,000.

Weekley’s last triumph had come at the former Verizon Heritage, now known as the RBC Heritage, in 2008 during a period where he rose to popularity before injuries and poor form zapped his game.

Known for his Southern sensibilities and sense of humor, Weekley is a charming figure that helped the Unites States capture the Ryder Cup in 2008.

Kuchar (68) birdied the par-four 18th to finish alone in second place, one stroke ahead of fellow American and former Masters champion Zach Johnson (66).

Americans Scott Stallings (66), John Rollins (68) and Matt Every (69) were all a further shot back in a share of fourth place at 11-under.

Four more — Tim Clark, Jordan Spieth, Chris Stroud and Josh Teater — finished at 10-under.

In all, 13 players finished within five shots of the lead.