Defending Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial champion Boo Weekley saw a different side of the Fort Worth golf course on Monday.
Weekley, who was in town for a luncheon, remembers the thousands of fans during his march to the title in May.
On Monday, it was quiet at Colonial Country Club because the club was closed.
“Brings back good memories,” Weekley said. “It’s like a ghost town out here. I’ve never really been to too many courses that are closed on Mondays. I’ve never seen it like this before.”
The course will be buzzing again when the tournament is held May 19-25.
Weekley said he likes playing courses such as Colonial because the course is old school.
“When a course narrows down, it brings everyone into the field. Whereas you have courses now that a strategic bunker 285 yards off the fairway takes out the scoring chances of 70 percent of the field,” he said. “You’ve got the young guys now that can just send it over those bunkers and can get to all the par 5s. But if you bring it in, which is to say, grow the rough up and keep the course smaller, now you have to hit in the fairway and bomb it. I got mixed emotions about it because I do play well on both kinds of courses.”
Weekley talked more about the upcoming Masters and his future:
What are your thoughts on making a third start at The Masters next month? It’s an exciting place, electrifying really. Driving down Magnolia Lane. I’m not a big history buff, so I can’t tell you who won three or four years ago and I only remembered it was Adam (Scott) last year because I read it in the Star-Telegram this morning. They’ve made a lot of good changes to the golf course, but I also think they’ve made some changes that take away from the experience a little bit. They made it so much more harder that you don’t get to hear the excitement of the fans that goes with the course, that goes with playing the back nine on Sunday there.
Even though you like old-school courses, you tend to play them all. Why? I try to play 5-6 weeks and then go home and I try to set up my schedule for courses that I’ve played really well. But I also enter some that I may not have played well, but I just like the course and I like the setup. For instance, here at Colonial, I never really played all that great here leading up to last year. It was never a course that I got the ball in the hole, and last year, I just got it in the hole. That was the difference.
Golf’s afforded you many opportunities. Have you thought about leaving the game? I’ve said all along that if golf can get me to that $8 million mark, that would be it. I’d be done. I’d go home and work, do some farming and some hunting and that would be it. I figure if you can’t live off the interest from $8 million, there’s something wrong with you.
At age 40, are you starting to have different assessments about your body? Well it’s funny you say that, because when I get back to Florida [Monday] afternoon I’m stopping by a place to buy me a bicycle. Me and my boys (Parker and Aiden) are going to start riding together. We can ride out in the woods or the dirt roads. Usually when they ride, I’m just following along in a golf cart or something. Now, I’m going to have to start working it with them.
At this point in your career, how do you view playing golf? It’s more of a job now than it was two or three years ago. And the reason is because I’m getting closer to my goal. My life is fulfilled. I would love to win a major and that would mean a lot to me. But there are things; my sons are going to caddie for me at Augusta this year and that means more to me than anything. So that’s getting checked off my bucket list.