THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.(AP) Boo Weekley once dropped a set of car keys in a portable toilet and had to roll up his sleeves to fetch them out. Another famous story was the time his friends persuaded him to step into the ring with an orangutan.
He has enough stories to fill a book. Now all he needs is a publisher.
Weekley, whose homespun humor has become more well-known with his good play on the golf course, said Tuesday that he is collaborating on a book about his golf and his life.
“We’re trying to find a publisher that might be interested in it,” Weekley said.
He doesn’t have a working title. Weekley said he’s leaving that up to the author, whom he identified as Paul Brown of Jackson, Miss.
“He’s coming up with all that,” he said. “We’re just trying to start it out, how I got into golf and what my past has been like and the things that have come about and the things that I’ve overcome, just different things like that. It’s mostly about golf – until we find a publisher. And then I started throwing some other stuff in there.”
What other stuff? Weekley just smiled.
OVAL OFFICE OR A DEER STAND?: Only seven Americans from the winning Ryder Cup team were in the Oval Office to meet with Presidents George W. Bush last month, and Steve Stricker was among those absent.
It was a tough decision to skip a trip to the White House, but it came down to priorities.
For the last dozen years, Stricker and his father-in-law, Dennis Tiziani, have taken family and friends to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a week of deer hunting when the season begins Nov. 15. The trip to the White House was Nov. 17
“I wish I could have gone, but I’ve done this with my father-in-law for 12 or 13 years,” Stricker said Tuesday. “But it wasn’t that hard of a decision because it was a family thing. Besides, I was able to go to the White House in July (during the AT&T National) and look around. So that made the decision even easier.”
The only downside?
“We didn’t see a single deer,” he said.
LIFE OF RILEY: Chris Riley was invited to play the pro-am Tuesday for the Chevron World Challenge, and he wasn’t at Sherwood more than 15 minutes before he started taking abuse.
“Riles, you know you’re not allowed to play if you have more fairway metals than irons,” Dean Wilson told him.
Riley looked at his bag with a half-dozen head covers.
“Dude, I’m trying stuff out,” he protested.
Riley was all smiles, as usual, but he had reason to be so happy. Two weeks ago, he earned his card at Q-school and returns to the PGA Tour with full status for the first time since 2006.
“It’s awesome,” he said.
This was a guy who came within one putt of a playoff at the PGA Championship in 2004, where he earned enough points to make the Ryder Cup team and won a match with Tiger Woods until a flap over whether he was too tired to play in the afternoon.
“That seems like forever ago,” Riley said. “It seems like another career. I feel like I’m going to prove myself again. That last day of Q-school, I didn’t think I would be nervous. But I was nervous for all 18 holes.”
Riley will start his season at the Sony Open.
HARRINGTON’S HONORS: For the second straight year, the Association of Golf Writers in Britain have honored Padraig Harrington for making the most outstanding contribution to golf.
Harrington became only the third player to win the Golf Writers’ Trophy two straight years, joining Tony Jacklin (1969-70) and Peter Oosterhuis (1973-74). The double major winner received just over 90 percent of the first-place votes, with Order of Merit winner Robert Karlsson finishing second and Annika Sorenstam third.
“It just shows how rare it is to peak two years running,” Harrington said. “To have one great year and win a major is fantastic, but to follow it up by winning another two majors this year was beyond anything you could have hoped for.”
Harrington previously won European Tour golfer of the year and European Tour shot of the year for his 5-wood into the 17th green at Royal Birkdale. The only other player to win all three awards was Colin Montgomerie in 1996.
WATCHING THEIR BACKS: John Daly has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, whether it was smashing a fan’s camera against a tree in Australia or being locked up in jail for the night in North Carolina under a law to sober up.
Fred Couples said it only stands out because golfers don’t usually get into trouble off the course.
“I think golf is so sacred that the things that John Daly does – I’m not picking on him – in any other sport would be so minor,” Couples said in an interview with Golf Digest magazine. “It wouldn’t even be a blip on the radar screen.”
Couples said players generally do a good job policing each other to keep the perception of the sport clean.
“You’re not just going to get some guy saying, ‘Well, that’s just John Daly and it’s OK.’ That’s not going to happen in golf,” he said. “We have a very tight locker room. We don’t do much with guys, but if somebody makes a blunder, they’re going to hear about it. I’ve never seen a fist fight in a locker room, but I’ve seen a lot of guys go at other guys.”
PAY CUT: LPGA Tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens took a pay cut last year.
The Sports Business Journal, citing IRS forms, said that Bivens’ salary was $500,000 in 2007, down 28 percent from the $690,000 she was paid in 2006 in her first full year on the job.
DIVOTS: PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem was ranked 17th among The Sports Business Journal’s annual list of the 50 most influential people in sports business. Commissioners from the NBA, NFL, MLB, NASCAR and the NHL ranked ahead of him. … LPGA champion Yani Tseng has signed an endorsement deal with Adams Golf. … Boo Weekley will be making his debut in the Middle East when he plays the Qatar Masters in late January. “I don’t know where it is, but I reckon it’s pretty far from Hawaii,” said Weekley, who will play the first two Hawaii events on the PGA Tour. … The PGA Tour closed its offices at 1 p.m. last Friday for its annual Christmas party, then canceled the party and gave whatever it would have cost to a local charity.
STAT OF THE WEEK: Joe Durant led the PGA Tour in greens hit in regulation, while Olin Browne led the tour in driving accuracy. Both had to go back to Q-school, where they failed to earn their cards.
FINAL WORD: “I just love the smell of gun powder.” – Boo Weekley on why he likes hunting slightly better than fishing.