Tragedy forces Weekley to withdraw

US Tour

Boo Weekley has pulled out of the Franklin Templeton Shootout following the death of two family members.

The 40-year-old American has lost his grandfather and an uncle in the past 10 days and tournament organisers have confirmed he will skip the event as a result.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Boo during this difficult time,” tournament director Taylor Ives told pga.com. “We know he was very close with both of these gentlemen. Without question he needs to be with his family at this time.”

Sweden’s Freddie Jacobson will replace Weekley in the tournament at Tiburon Golf Club and he will team up with two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen.

The tournament kicks off on Friday and host Greg Norman, Jonas Blixt, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Jason Dufner and Dustin Johnson are among the other players who will take part.

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