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CHAMPIONS - Boeing Classic Preview
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DATES: Friday, August 27th through Sunday, August 29th
SITE: TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Washington
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (1999)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,183
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 554 Yds10 - Par 4 353 Yds
2 - Par 4 410 Yds11 - Par 4 462 Yds
3 - Par 4 439 Yds12 - Par 4 426 Yds
4 - Par 4 426 Yds13 - Par 3 210 Yds
5 - Par 4 475 Yds14 - Par 4 431 Yds
6 - Par 3 207 Yds15 - Par 5 590 Yds
7 - Par 4 375 Yds16 - Par 4 380 Yds
8 - Par 5 529 Yds17 - Par 3 211 Yds
9 - Par 3 207 Yds18 - Par 5 498 Yds
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36 3,622 Yds36 3,561 Yds
 
Annual:  6th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Loren Roberts
Runner-Up:  Mark O'Meara
Tournament Record:  198 (Loren Roberts, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  132 (David Eger, Morris Hatalsky, Craig Stadler, 2005;
  Don Pooley, 2006)
Course Record:  61 (Scott Simpson, Tom Jenkins, 2006)
Total Purse:  $1,900,000
Shares:  1st Place - $285,000; 2nd Place - $167,200; 3rd Place - $136,800
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Loren Roberts198Craig Stadler205
Mark O'Meara199Mark James207
Dan Forsman202Mark McNulty208
Bernhard Langer202John Cook209
Hal Sutton204Jeff Sluman209
 
Past Boeing Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Loren Roberts (198) -- Mark O'Meara
2008Tom Kite (202) -- Scott Simpson
2007*Denis Watson (207) -- Gil Morgan, Dana Quigley, R.W. Eaks, David Eger,
Joe Ozaki, Craig Stadler
2006*Tom Kite (201) -- Keith Fergus
2005David Eger (199) -- Tom Kite

* - Won in Playoff

NOTE:Formerly called Boeing Greater Seattle Classic (2005-06).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20052006200720082009
Loren Roberts------T-54---Won
Mark O'Meara------T-11T-322nd
Dan Forsman---------T-12T-3
Bernhard Langer------------T-3
Hal Sutton------------5th
Craig Stadler6th---T-2---6th
John Cook---------3rdT-9
Jeff Sluman---------T-32T-9
Nick Price------T-33T-7T-11
David EgerWonT-35T-2T-19T-11
Tom Kite2ndWonT-38WonT-16
Mark Wiebe---------4thT-16
Brad BryantT-3------T-14T-20
Larry Mize------------T-20
Scott Simpson---T-3T-172ndT-23
Mike Goodes---------T-44T-23
Denis Watson------WonT-5T-27
Gary Hallberg---------T-19T-27
Tom JenkinsT-33T-3T-17T-32T-27
Andy BeanT-20T-16T-8T-19T-35
Allen DoyleT-36T-38T-22T-25T-35
Bruce FleisherT-13T-40T-49T-7T-41
Ben CrenshawT-39T-16T-43T-14T-41
Fred Funk---------T-30T-55
Gil MorganT-39T-40T-2T-55T-55
Michael Allen---------------
Mark Calcavecchia---------------
Fred Couples---------------
Jay Haas---------------
Chien Soon Lu---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Fred Couples
Darkhorse - Mark Calcavecchia
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Bernhard Langer) - Finished tied for 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jeff Sluman) - Finished tied for 29th
 
NOTES:
The Champions Tour continues its three-week stay on the West Coast this week with the Boeing Classic, held at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course, the TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge. Nine of the top-10 players on the money list are competing this week, including money leader and four-time winner Bernhard Langer. Langer currently leads the money list by $177,683 over three-time winner and Champions Tour rookie Fred Couples.

Last year, Loren Roberts birdied the final two holes to beat Mark O'Meara by a single stroke. Roberts closed with a seven-under 65 to finish at 18-under-par 198. His total of 198 beat the old tournament record of 199 that David Eger set in 2005.

Roberts was chasing O'Meara through most of the final round. O'Meara birdied the first to move to 10-under, while Roberts birdied the fourth, but gave that stroke back on a bogey at the fifth. O'Meara birdied the sixth to join Roberts in the lead at 11-under. O'Meara played one group ahead of Roberts and set an outstanding pace over the next nine holes. O'Meara birdied the seventh, eighth, 10th, 12th and 13th to jump to 16-under. His birdies on 10 and 12 came after stellar fairway bunker shots inside five feet. Roberts was not to be outdone. He birdied the same five holes to remain tied for the lead with O'Meara. O'Meara briefly regained the lead with a four-foot birdie putt on the 15th, but he gave that stroke back as he could not save par from a greenside bunker at the 16th. Roberts parred three straight from the 14th, then passed O'Meara late. O'Meara kicked in a three-footer for birdie on 17 but could not convert a 22-foot birdie effort at the last. Trailing by one on the 17th tee, Roberts knocked his tee shot to the par-three within five feet, and he rolled that in to join O'Meara in the lead at 17-under. Roberts found the fairway off the tee at the par-five closing hole, then hit a three-wood short of the green. He pitched his third within four feet and drained that putt for birdie and the win.

In 2008, Tom Kite fired a six-under 66 in the final round to come from behind and collect his first Champions Tour victory in two years. Kite finished at 14-under-par 202 to win by two over Scott Simpson. It was his 10th victory on the Champions Tour and his first since this event in 2006. Kite was the only player to shoot all three rounds in the 60s.

In 2007, Denis Watson eagled the second playoff hole to end the largest playoff in Champions Tour history. Watson survived a seven-man playoff, the biggest on either the PGA or Champions Tour. There has been a six-man playoff on the PGA Tour and five-player sudden death on the Champions Tour. Joe Ozaki, R.W. Eaks, Gil Morgan, Dana Quigley, David Eger and Craig Stadler were the other participants at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. They finished regulation at nine-under-par 207. It was a wild ride for Watson in the final round. He held the lead until a disastrous double-bogey five at the 17th dropped him into a tie for first place. Watson held on with a chip-in birdie and an eagle in the playoff to secure his second win of 2007. Watson fired three straight rounds of 69 and was the only player to shoot all three rounds in the 60s.

In 2006, Kite birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Keith Fergus and win this event for his second title of 2006. The Boeing Classic in 2005 marked the first Champions Tour event in the Seattle area since the 1995 GTE Northwest Classic. That event ran from 1986 to 1995 and included such standout winners as Walter Morgan, Dave Stockton, Mike Hill, George Archer, Al Geiberger, Bruce Crampton and Chi Chi Rodriguez.

Opened in 1999, the TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge is ranked as one of the top-100 modern courses by Golfweek and was certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.

Next week, the Champions Tour travels to California for the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, where Jeff Sluman has won the last two years.

08/24 19:09:26 ET

As of August 24, 2010, at 07:09 PM ET

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