Opened the season with a T15 finish at the Mercedes-Benz Championship, followed by a T9 at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Verizon Heritage, Verizon Heritage.
2008 Season Highlights
Won for the second consecutive season at the Verizon Heritage. Made the cut in 19 of 24 starts, including a career-best 11 top-25 finishes. Finished sophomore campaign No. 33 in FedExCup standings and No. 25 in earnings, surpassing $2 million in earnings for the second straight year...Recorded his first top-10 finish of the year with a T8 showing at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Highlight of the week came on Saturday when birdies on the final four holes at the Palmer Private Course at PGA West equaled the round of the week with a career-best 10-under 62, topping the 63 he posted during the final round of the 2002 FedEx St. Jude Classic...Overcame a cold to continue solid play in the Arizona desert with four rounds in the 60s at the FBR Open, good for a T9 finish...Finished T9 in his first World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Defeated Martin Kaymer (2 and 1) and Sergio Garcia (3 and 1) before falling to Woody Austin, 3 and 2, in the third round...After playing with his mom in the pro-am, successfully defended his Verizon Heritage title at Harbour Town. After chipping in for par on the last two holes in 2007, holed a 78-yard chip for birdie at the par-4 10th hole and went on to a three-stroke win over Aaron Baddeley and Anthony Kim. Became the first back-to-back winner at this event since Davis Love III in 1991-92. Also the eighth player since 1960 to win his first two TOUR titles in the same event...Recorded his fifth top-10 finish with a T4 at the Stanford St. Jude Championship. He was the first-round leader with a 5-under 65 and recorded three rounds in the 60s...One of six rookies and an emotional leader on the winning U.S. Ryder Cup Team. Earned 2.5 points in three matches for the team, including a 4-and-2 win over Oliver Wilson in Sunday Singles. Garnered worldwide attention for riding his driver "cowboy horse" style down the first fairway, leading eventually to an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Also, dropped the green flag at the fall NASCAR race in Talladega, AL.
Member of the PGA TOUR in 2002 and 2007-8 and the Nationwide Tour in 2003-06. 2007: The 2006 Nationwide Tour graduate earned his first PGA TOUR victory at the Verizon Heritage and collected more than $2.5 million for the season...After returning to the PGA TOUR for the second time in 2007, posted first career top-10 in 30th career start at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Finished sixth, three shots behind champion Fred Funk...One week later, finished T2 at The Honda Classic after losing in a four-man playoff. Three-putted the 72nd hole while holding a one-stroke lead, missing a 3-foot par putt to fall into a four-way tie with Mark Wilson, Jose Coceres and Camilo Villegas. Eliminated from playoff on second extra hole, the par-4 10th, on Monday morning when he and Villegas made bogeys...Chipped in for par on the 71st and 72nd holes to win his first TOUR title at the Verizon Heritage by one stroke over Ernie Els. Posted rounds of 67-69-66-68-270 and overcame a two-stroke deficit to 54-hole leader Jerry Kelly. Winds in excess of 40 mph forced the final round to be postponed from Sunday to Monday. Finished at 14-under par to hold off Els, who nearly holed his second shot for eagle on the final hole. Jumped to No. 8 in FedExCup points and earned $972,000 to surpass $1 million in season earnings for the first time...Three back after a first-round 68 in his first British Open start, finished T35...Made his first start in a World Golf Championships event at the Bridgestone Invitational. Was one stroke back of the lead after the first round, finished T30...Carded a third-round 65 on his way to a T9 finish at the PGA Championship, his first-career top-10 in a major championship...Posted a T21 in first career TOUR Championship start, and finished 25th in the FedExCup standings...Teamed with Heath Slocum to finish second at the OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup in late November, losing to Scotland on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff. 2006: Finished seventh on the Nationwide Tour money list to graduate from that Tour for the first time and play on the PGA TOUR for the second time. Posted a career-high nine top-10s (tied with Ken Duke for Tour lead) and 14 top-25s on the Nationwide Tour. Season powered by seconds at the National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic (second in a playoff) and Miccosukee Championship. Lost in a playoff to Jason Enloe in West Virginia. Held the 54-hole lead in Chattanooga after posting a season-low 22-under-par 194, before finishing one shot out of the Kyle Reifers-Brandt Snedeker playoff. 2005: For the second consecutive year finished No. 91 on the Nationwide Tour money list. Made 22 starts, finishing in the top-25 five times, with a best effort being a T10 at the Knoxville Open presented by Food City. 2004: Finished No. 91 on the Nationwide Tour money list. Made 20 starts, finished in the top-25 four times, including his only top-10, a T7 at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. 2003: In first season on the Nationwide Tour, finished No. 67 on the money list. Cracked the top 25 on six different occasions, with two top-10s to his credit. 2002: Was a rookie on the PGA TOUR after finishing T23 at the Qualifying Tournament in the fall of 2001. Made the cut in five of 24 starts during his rookie season on TOUR. Missed his first 10 cuts before finally cashing a paycheck, with a T19 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in late June, his best effort of the season. 2001: Made his first trip to the finals of the Qualifying Tournament and finished T23. Played mini-tours in late-1990s, winning multiple times on the DP Tour and the Emerald Coast Tour.
Played high school golf with PGA TOUR member Heath Slocum. TOUR member Bubba Watson also attended and played golf at their high school, Milton HS, and nearby resident Joe Durant is a close friend. Slocum's dad, Jack, served as his caddie during finals of the Qualifying Tournament...Nicknamed after cartoon hero Yogi Bear's sidekick, "Boo Boo" Bear...Studied turfgrass science in college and later worked as a laborer at the Monsanto chemical plant in Pensacola, FL...Used to wear rain pants because cotton pants caused him to break out in a rash...Sponsored by the outdoors apparrel company Mossy Oak, which specializes in camouflage apparrel...Lists Ben Hogan as his hero.
PGA TOUR Playoff Record
Member of the PGA TOUR in 2002 and the Nationwide Tour in 2003-06. Finished seventh on 2006 Nationwide Tour money list to graduate from that Tour for the first time. Posted career-high nine top-10s (tied with Ken Duke for Tour lead) and 14 top-25s. Season powered by two seconds (National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic and Miccosukee Championship) and two thirds (Chattanooga Classic and Legend Financial Group Classic). Held the 54-hole lead in Chattanooga after posting a season-low 22-under-par 194 before finishing one shot out of the Kyle Reifers-Brandt Snedeker playoff. Hit 68 of 72 greens in regulation that week, breaking the Tour mark of 66 set by Chad Campbell at the 2001 Permian Basin Open and later matched by Mark Hensby at the 2003 Chattanooga Classic. Finished No. 91 on the 2004 and 2005 Nationwide Tour money lists. In first season on Nationwide Tour, finished No. 67 on 2003 money list. Cracked the top 25 on six different occasions, with two top-10s to his credit. Spent 2002 season on the PGA TOUR after finishing T23 at 2001 PGA TOUR National Qualifying Tournament in his first trip to the finals. Made the cut in five of 24 starts during his rookie season on TOUR in 2002. Missed his first 10 cuts before finally cashing a paycheck, with a T19 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in late June. Played mini-tours in late-1990s, winning multiple times on the DP Tour and the Emerald Coast Tour. Played high school golf with PGA TOUR member Heath Slocum. TOUR member Bubba Watson also attended and played golf at their high school. Slocum's dad, Jack, who runs the DP Tour, served as his caddie during finals of the Qualifying Tournament. Nicknamed after cartoon hero Yogi Bear's sidekick, Boo Boo Bear. Studied turf grass science in college and later worked as a laborer at the Monsanto chemical plant in Pensacola, FL. Wears rain pants because cotton pants cause him to break out in a rash. Lists Ben Hogan as his hero.