Notebook: Round 3, Boeing ClassicAugust 26, 2012
Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff
Weather: A mix of sun and clouds with highs in the low-70s and winds from the N at 5-10 mph.
• Jay Don Blake birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Mark O'Meara. Both Blake and O'Meara shot a final-round 4-under-par 68 and each made birdies at No. 18 in regulation to set up the playoff. After both players narrowly missed birdie putts on the first playoff hole, they went back to play No. 18 again. Blake chipped his third down to within a foot for birdie, while O'Meara's third shot settled 16 feet away. After he missed his putt, Blake tapped in for the win.
• With his win, Blake wins his third career title on the Champions Tour in his 66th career start.
• His win today comes in 19th start this year. His previous-best finish in three other starts at the Boeing Classic was T23 in 2009.
• The victory today was first title since the 2011 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, ending a victory drought of nine months, 20 days. He also becomes the 17th different winner on the Champions Tour this year.
• Blake earns a check for $300,000 and collects 300 Charles Schwab Cup points. His earnings at the Boeing Classic vault him from 23rd to 12th on the 2012 Money List with $839,110.
• Blake now has won three times in the last year. Only Fred Couples has won as many during that stretch.
• Sunday's playoff was the fourth in the eight-year history of the event and the second in as many years. Last year Mark Calcavecchia defeated Russ Cochran with a two-putt birdie on the first extra hole.
• The playoff was also the third on the Champions Tour this year and the second in succession. A week ago, Willie Wood defeated Michael Allen to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open with a par on the first playoff hole. Earlier this year Corey Pavin defeated Peter Senior with a birdie on the first hole to win the Allianz Championship.
• This marks the second year in succession Blake has defeated Mark O'Meara in a playoff. They were among four players (John Cook and Peter Senior the others) in a playoff at last year's Songdo IBD Championship in Korea. Blake birdied the fifth extra hole to defeat Cook after Senior and O'Meara were eliminated on the third extra hole.
• With back-to-back playoffs the last two weeks, that is the first time it happened on the Champions Tour since 2008 when Bernhard Langer beat Jay Haas at the Toshiba Classic and Denis Watson bested Loren Roberts at the AT&T Classic.
• Bernhard Langer narrowly missed posting his 11th consecutive top-10 finish when he finished T11. Langer rebounded from an opening-round 1-over-par 73 with consecutive rounds of 69 on the weekend, but fell one short of extending his streak.
• Duffy Waldorf bounced back from an opening-round 75 to post weekend rounds of 68-67 which helped lead him to a T8 in his Champions Tour debut. Gene Sauers recorded consecutive rounds of 71 to finish T21 in his debut.
• In the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race, Tom Lehman remains in first place with 2,043 points followed by Bernhard Langer with 1,893 points, 104 points behind Lehman. Roger Chapman remains third with 1,756 points with Fred Couples fourth (1,530) and Michael Allen fifth (1,424). With his victory, Jay Don Blake is now 20th. At the end of the official season, the player earning the most Charles Schwab Cup points will receive a $1 million payout.
• Tom Byrum took full advantage of his sponsor exemption this week. He finished T6 which earned him a berth in the upcoming Pacific Links Championship in Hawaii as a top-10 finisher not otherwise exempt.
• Defending champion Mark Calcavecchia finished T4 in defense of his title, the best finish in this event by a defending champion.
• Jim Gallagher Jr., had the lone eagle at No. 14 on Sunday. Overall, there were four eagles during the week. Joining Gallagher were R.W. Eaks (Rd. 1) and John Huston and Brad Faxon (both Rd. 2). Eaks has now made three eagles on No. 14 in his career.
• Bogey-free Rounds:
Round Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative 2011 Cumulative Friday 36.139 36.152 72.291 -- 73.500 Saturday 35.974 35.846 71.821 72.057 73.219 Sunday 36.359 36.308 72.667 72.260 72.911
• Scoring Averages: