Boo Weekley is a media star. He’s got the polite manners. He answers questions with "Yes-sir" and "No ma’am" and looks you in the eye. He comes off as a backwoods rube, but he’s smart enough to play the role and feed the media what they want.
Last month, he acted surprised when he heard that the Masters was coming up in a few weeks. I didn’t buy that but I do enjoy hearing the man talk.
I was standing behind the 18th green at the end of Saturday’s round when CBS commentator Jim Nantz climbed down from the telecast tower and ambled toward the players’ scoring trailer. I talked to him for a minute but he was interested in getting some face time, he said, with Boo. They had never met, Nantz said.
When Boo signed his card and came out, Nantz was there to introduce himself and have a short, smiling conversation.
Later, after Boo finished another rollicking interview session in the press tent, I asked him about meeting Nantz. "Wail (that’s southern for "Well"), he said he just wanted to put a face with a name," Boo said. "He was real nice."
"What was the conversation about?" I asked, "Did he ask any deep questions?"
Boo shook his head. "I don’t even know what he does," he said.
"He’s a golf commentator," I said. "I’m sure you’ve heard him on college basketball or football."
"Wail, either I don’t watch much of that or I just don’t listen," he said, non-plussed.
My favorite Boo line came from last summer after he’d returned from his first British Open. A writer said, "Boo, I heard you just spent ten days in the U.K."
"No sir," Boo answered, "I was in Scotland."
He’s too good to be true. (Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)