Weekley's an acquired taste

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CARNOUSTIE, Scotland - Boo Weekley sometimes plays the redneck card to the hilt, like his choice of fine cuisine on his first trip to Scotland.

"Fish, fish and fish" he said of his first three meals here. "I've always taken to fish."

But Weekley's naive international tastes jumped to a new level last week in the Scottish Open. Paired for the first two rounds with 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie, Weekley tried to make a little small talk.

"Are you playing in the Open next week?" Weekley asked.

Yes, Lawrie told him.

"How'd you get in? Did you qualify?" Weekley asked next.

So considering Weekley wasn't aware of the man who won the last time the British Open was played at Carnoustie, perhaps he had at least a passing knowledge of the man who so famously lost it, Jean Van De Velde.

"Who?" Weekley said when asked at the driving range Monday. "I don't know. What did he do?"

The native of Milton, Fla., who qualified for next year's Masters Tournament by winning the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head, S.C., says his uninformed ways concerning the history of the game he plays for a living come naturally.

"I'd much rather keep up with fishing and hunting than keep up with golf," he said.

LOST LUGGAGE: Reigning Masters champion Zach Johnson was among more than a handful of American-based golfers in this week's British Open who sadly hung around the baggage claim carousels in vain after their luggage and, most importantly, golf clubs didn't arrive with them.

The list of vagabonds hanging around Carnoustie with only the clothes on their backs included 1997 British Open champion Justin Leonard (a runner-up at Carnoustie in 1999), Lucas Glover, Pat Perez and Carl Pettersson.

Reach Scott Michaux at (706) 823-3219 or scott.michaux@augustachronicle.com.


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