Defending Crowne Plaza Invitational champ Weekley stops by Colonial

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 24 at 10:58 PM

FORT WORTH -- Pro golfer Boo Weekley returned to Fort Worth Monday nearly ten months after winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

“It's been a dream come true ever since I started to come here and playing,” Weekley said after winning the tournament. “Being able to see those names on the wall -- I've always wanted my name to be up there with Mr. Hogan's and everybody else's that are there.”

Monday, Weekley had his first chance to see his name engraved in stone on the wall of champions, a plaque that will forever mark his third PGA Tour win.

“That’s cool,” Weekley said as he looked at his name. “That’s cool. That's a lot of golf balls right there. To be able to stand right here with my name with all these guys that have won this tournament before me, that's impressive.”

Weekley will play in the Masters at Augusta next month, but has never won a major championship. His best finish was a tie for ninth at the PGA Championship in 2007. So to win at Colonial - a tournament that Ben Hogan made famous with his five tournament wins here - has meant the world to his career.

“It just kind of got me back, my juices flowing,” Weekley said. “It kind of got me back where I feel like, 'OK, I can compete out here again as long as I’m healthy. That's the key, just staying healthy.”

Weekley credits the crowd at Colonial for energizing him during his final round.

“It’s amazing, people standing on the balcony looking down there yelling your name. It gives me goose bumps now just thinking about it,” Weekley said.

And in case you’re wondering what Boo's real names is, well, it’s not Boo.

“Thomas Brent,” Weekley said.

WFAA's George Riba told the golfer he personally prefers "Boo."

“I do too,” Weekley said. “It fits, y'know?”

E-mail griba@wfaa.com

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