Boeing Classic: Final-Round NotebookAugust 26, 2007
By Dave Senko PGA TOUR Staff
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- The seven-man playoff in the Boeing Classic Sunday was the largest ever in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned tournament.
BOEING CLASSIC FINAL LEADERBOARD Player Score 1. *Denis Watson 207 -9 T2. Gil Morgan 207 -9 T2. Dana Quigley 207 -9 T2. David Eger 207 -9 T2. Joe Ozaki 207 -9 T2. R.W. Eaks 207 -9 T2. Craig Stadler 207 -9 T8. Andy Bean 208 -8 T8. Jerry Pate 208 -8 T8. Ray Stewart 208 -8 Note: Watson won on the second hole of sudden death.
• The all-time record for an event was six players at the 1994 GTE Byron Nelson Classic and the 2001 Nissan Open on the PGA TOUR, while the high on the Champions Tour was five players at the 1996 Emerald Coast Classic and the 1998 Kroger Senior Classic. The high on the Nationwide Tour was four players.
• Watson also earns 240 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race and moves into fourth place with 1,670 points. Jay Haas remains the leader (2,213) followed by Brad Bryant (2,019) and Loren Roberts (1,840). Tom Watson is now fifth with 1,416 points.
• Watson's increases his 2007 earnings to $1,289,243 and moves into fourth place on the 2007 money list.
• By virtue of their ties for second, David Eger and Joe Ozaki earned berths in next week's Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Ozaki was the fifth alternate and Eger was a sponsor exemption previously.
• Eger, the 2005 Boeing Classic champion, posted his eighth top-10 finish of the campaign, a career high on the Champions Tour. He had just three in 2006.
• Keith Fergus posted his third consecutive 2-under-par 70 on Sunday, giving him nine straight sub-par rounds at the Boeing Classic.
• R.W. Eaks earned his 10th top-10 finish of the season with his tie for second. He had just seven in top-10s in 2006. So far in 2007, he has earned $1,224,738 after earning $751,923 in 2006.
• The final scoring average for the tournament was 72.052, a jump from last year's average of 70.823. The field averaged 71.208 on Sunday compared to 70.579 on the final day in 2006. The most difficult hole was No. 4 at 4.203 (+.203), while No. 1 was the easiest at 4.629 (-.371).
• Craig Stadler's tie for second was his third top-10 finish in his last five starts. He had just one in his first 12 starts in 2007. At one point on Friday, Stadler was 4-over-par after 15 holes, but from that point on, made 15 birdies and an eagle along with four bogeys over his remaining 39 holes.
• Second-round leader Ray Stewart finished tied for eighth after closing with a 2-over-par 74.