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Boo Weekley Captures First PGA Victory


American golfer Boo Weekley has captured the first PGA title of his career with a one-shot victory over South Africa's Ernie Els at the Heritage tournament in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Weekley completed Monday's rain-delayed final round by chipping in on the final two holes to save par. He finished the day with a three under par 68 to end the tournament with a four-round score of 270. Els carded a one under 70 to finish at 271, while Australian Stephen Leaney took third place, another shot back.

Weekley had a three-shot lead going into the 16th hole. But he made bogey there, and muffed a shot behind the 17th green before his chipping skills on the last two holes saved him.

It was reminiscent of the final hole of last month's Honda Classic, where Weekley blew a one-meter putt that would have given him an outright win. Instead, he ended up in a four-man playoff which was won by Mark Wilson.

Weekley takes home $972,000 for the victory and a U.S. PGA Tour exemption through 2008. In addition, he becomes the first player to qualify for the 2008 Masters tournament at Augusta National in Georgia.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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