Golf in Australia is like drinking beer with 'buddies': Weekley

Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:34pm EST
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Playing golf in Australia is no different to playing at home with friends while throwing back a few beers, according to Boo Weekley, who plans to spend time fishing Down Under after battling Adam Scott at the Australian Masters.

The laid-back American will appear at all three of the nation's marquee tournaments, and after playing the Masters in Melbourne, will head to Sydney for next week's Australian Open before finishing off on the Gold Coast at the Australian PGA Championship.

Florida-born Weekley feels a natural affinity with Australians, and will join with local golfer Steven Bowditch for a fishing trip before inviting the U.S. Tour regular for some hunting back in the States.

"I think everybody on the PGA Tour should have the opportunity to come over here and play, at least do it one time," the gregarious 41-year-old told reporters on Wednesday at Metropolitan Golf Club, the Masters venue on Melbourne's famed 'sandbelt'.

"This is a dream for me come true to come over here.

"I finally got to do it and now it's something I can check off my list.

"I'm going to go out and play the best I can play.

"I don't think about it as I'm over here in Australia playing golf as I am sitting at my house playing golf with my buddies drinking beer. It's all the same, just golf."   Continued...

Boo Weekley of the U.S. putts on the fifth grren during the second round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 18, 2014.   REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF)   - RTR3Z6ON