August 20, 2012
Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Editor's note: Vartan Kupelian is the Champions Tour Insider and a PGATOUR.COM Contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top 5 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
Mark Calcavecchia's much anticipated first Champions Tour victory came last year at the Boeing Classic where he held off Russ Cochran to win in a playoff.
A two-putt birdie on the first extra hole gave Calcavecchia the victory after Cochran had made eagle on the final hole of regulation to force the playoff. Each player closed with a final-round 65 and tied at 14-under 202. Chip Beck was alone in third place at 207.
The playoff was the third in the seven-year history of the event at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington. In 2006, Tom Kite defeated Keith Fergus. A year later, Dennis Watson won a seven-man playoff. It marked the most crowded playoff in Champions Tour history.
TPC Snoqualmie Ridge is the only Jack Nicklaus design in the Pacific Northwest. The 7,183-yard, par 72 offers a backdrop of nature and splendor that the Pacific Northwest is known for.
|Power Rankings: Dick's Sporting Goods Open|
| || ||Bernhard |
|The 2010 champion followed it up with a T11 last year. Langer's T7 at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open was his 13th top-10 finish in 15 starts this year, and ninth straight top 10.|
| || ||Fred |
|Wrapped up a stellar major championship run by winning the Senior British in his most recent start. Also had two fourth-place finishes and a pair of T12s in majors. Always enjoys returning to his native Seattle area.|
| || ||Michael |
|A pair of 66s last week weren't quite enough as Allen lost a playoff to Willie Wood at En-Joie. Two-time winner this year, Allen is No.5 on the Charles Schwab Cup points list.|
| || ||Mark |
|The defending Boeing Classic champion carved out a bogey-free final-round 68 at En-Joie to post a top 10 -- his third straight and ninth in 18 events. He's No. 1 on the Champions Tour in birdies and No. 5 on the Money List.|
| || ||Kenny |
|Closed with a 67 last week to finish T3 for the second straight tournament, missing the playoff by 1 shot. The T3 at 3M Championship was his best finish since April. Perry tied for 5th here last year after sharing the 36-hole lead.|
Here are his week's Power Ratings for the Boeing Classic: