Sunday 25 September 2016

Shafts of light for Boo as he burns it up before the deluge

William S Callahan

Published 24/04/2015 | 02:30

Weekley, playing brilliantly with new shafts in his irons, fired an eight-under-par 64, his best opening round in two years
Weekley, playing brilliantly with new shafts in his irons, fired an eight-under-par 64, his best opening round in two years

Boo Weekley blew the lights out at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans before Mother Nature sent the field scuttling for shelter at TPC Louisiana with a near-biblical downpour.

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Weekley, playing brilliantly with new shafts in his irons, fired an eight-under-par 64, his best opening round in two years. The former Ryder Cup star, 41, got the ball rolling by holing from 30-plus feet for eagle three at the second, following up with eight birdies and just one bogey.

"I've been struggling with my irons the past month or so and finally I got some shafts that work," said Weekley. "It helps when you're really putting well. When you put the two together, you can shoot pretty good."

He led Canada's David Hearn by one in the clubhouse with five players, including England's Brian Davis and young American Daniel Berger, beaten by Pádraig Harrington in sudden death at Honda, snapping at their heels.

Damien McGrane showed great resilience under pressure to post an even-par 72 in the first round of the Volvo China Open. The wayward Kells man hit just seven fairways and eight greens but got up and down like a demon, single-putting 10 times in his round.

McGrane was four shy of the 68s shot by leaders David Howell of England, Kiwi Michael Hendry and Bradley Dredge of Wales at Shanghai Pudong.

Michael Hoey started poorly with 76.

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