Healthier Weekley in Players mix

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Boo Weekley is working with a trainer.

That statement is normally followed by a punch line, but the three-time PGA Tour winner said on Friday at The Players Championship he’s spent the last six months working to improve his overall health.

Maybe even more surprising, he’s spent the last month not drinking alcohol.

“Everybody goes through a change,” Weekley said. “This month I’ve taken off from alcohol, working out. We work out maybe once or twice a week, and then just kind of don’t eat as much as I normally do.”

Weekley said he’s trimmed 20 pounds with the new fitness routine and on Friday at The Players he said his new physique helped lift him to a second-round 69 that left him just a stroke off the early lead.

Weekley’s work with his new trainer, Nic Catterall, has had a trickle down impact on his golf swing, according to his coach Scott Hamilton.

“He’s flushing it. We work on his golf swing a little, but his swing is pretty pure,” Hamilton said. “His hips had gotten a little slow and he’s always had fast arm speed and this helped him sync everything up a little better.”

Weekley ranks ninth in strokes gained-tee to green this week after hitting 11 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation on Friday. His score is a testament to how well he is hitting the ball considering he said his putting is about at “50 percent.”

“I’m struggling with my speed right now, like going uphill, downhill,” he said. “It’s just one of them things, right now the putter just don’t feel as good as it should.”

Read more on →