Weekley going for the triple crown

Two-time defending champion Boo Weekley could become the first player to win three straight Heritage titles.

In the 40 years of the Verizon Heritage golf tournament, there have been repeats but no "threepeats." Davis Love III has won the Heritage five times, including back-to-back wins in 1991 and '92. Hale Irwin won the Heritage three times. There have been several other multiple winners, including Payne Stewart, who claimed back to back wins in 1989 and 1990.

No one has pulled off three in a row in the tournament's storied history, but Boo Weekley could change that this week if he gets his putter going. Weekley, who missed the cut at the Masters, currently ranks 170th on the PGA Tour in putting.

He didn't need his putter when he won the 2007 Heritage, chipping in for pars on the last two holes to nip Ernie Els. Last year, Weekley used a final-round 71 to beat former Heritage winner Aaron Baddeley and Anthony Kim by three shots.

"I like the golf course," Weekley said of Harbour Town Golf Links. "I like to shape my ball, left to right or go the other way, right to left. It's target golf. Just because you're in the fairway doesn't mean you've got a shot."

Weekley said it reminds him of the course he grew up on in the Florida Panhandle and that may be why he's enjoyed such success.

"It's just you and the trees," he said.

Weekley's two Heritage victories along with his buoyant personality have established him as one of the PGA Tour's stars. After the first win, he represented the U.S. in the World Cup; but last year's win was a springboard to an even bigger stage, the Ryder Cup.

Weekley's good ol' boy personality fit in perfectly in Kentucky and helped ignite the partisan U.S. crowds as he wrapped his legs around his driver and rode it stick-pony style down the fairway.

The crowds roared their approval with choruses of "Boooo!" as the U.S. scored a 16 1/2-11 1/2 victory to end a three-time winning streak enjoyed by the Europeans.

"I'm very fortunate to have won golf tournaments," he said. "I think most people recognize me as a personality…I think the Tour needs me, needs my personality. I say things that might be wrong, not politically correct, but that's the only way I know."

His personality has won his some big sponsorships. He stars in a Cleveland golf commercial with Vijay Singh and the avid outdoorsman has endorsements with Bass Pro Shops and Mossy Oak camouflage, among others.

Weekley said one of the most special moments for him during the past year was seeing his 7-year-old son Thomas Parker harvest his first deer with a shotgun Weekley gave him for Christmas.

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