Weekley’s 66 enough for victory at Colonial

Late double-bogey derails Scott Stallings after he reached the turn in 29

Colin Montgomerie: will attempt to qualify for US Open

Colin Montgomerie: will attempt to qualify for US Open

 

Boo Weekley won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial with a final round of 66.

Scott Stallings powered to the summit of the leaderboard after a barnstorming start to resulted in a 66, but it was a double-bogey at 15 that halted his charge.

The young American began the final day four strokes behind the overnight lead held by Matt Kuchar, but six birdies over his opening nine holes saw him reach the turn in 29 and vault above his rivals.

A bogey at 10 was immediately followed by a birdie, and at 13 under par for the tournament, Stallings led by one stroke from Weekley.

However, after turning in 33 following four birdies and two bogeys, the winner picked up shots at 10 and 13 to move to 14 under.

Kuchar fought back with a 67 but it was only enough for second, one ahead of Zach Johnson (66).

Stallings finished in a three-way tie for fourth with John Rollins and Matt Every.

US Open

Meanwhile, former Ryder Cup captains Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal are part of the field for the 36-hole US Open qualifying tournament at Walton Heath today.

Montgomerie has not played in any major championship since 2010 but has not giving up trying yet, even with his 50th birthday less than a month away.

Nobody has won a major at that age.

Record run

The eight-time European number one, whose five runners-up finishes are a record for someone who has never won one, is currently ranked 653rd in the world and has not played in the US Open since 2008 after failing to come through the qualifier the last three seasons.

Spain’s Olazabal’s last US Open was in 2007 and the 47-year-old failed in his efforts to qualify in 2009 and 2012.

Ninety six players are currently in the field, although this usually comes down with late withdrawals.

Several players in the field were in contention for the BMW PGA Championship yesterday, the winner of which is exempt for the US Open.

Around 11 spots are available for the tournament which will be held at Merion from June 13th-16th.