Boeing Classic: Final-round notebook

August 24, 2008
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- With his 10th career win on the Champions Tour on Sunday, Tom Kite claims a second Boeing Classic title in four years. The victory came in his 57th start since his last win at the 2006 Boeing Classic where he bested Keith Fergus in a playoff.

Inside the Numbers
Final Leaderboard
Player Score
1. Tom Kite 202 -14
2. Scott Simpson 204 -12
3. John Cook 205 -11
4. Mark Wiebe 206 -10
T5. Denis Watson 207 -9
T5. Lonnie Nielsen 207 -9

• Kite's victory earns him a berth in the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai for the next two years as well as a check for $255,000, which increases his 2008 earnings to $827,516 and moves him from 23rd to 14th on the money list.

• This is the second event in which Kite owns multiple victories. He was also a two-time winner in the AT&T Champions Classic in Valencia, Calif., winning there in 2002 and 2006.

Tom Kite picks up 255 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race and moves into 21st place. There was no movement in the top five spots this week. Jay Haas remains in first place with 2,145 points followed by Bernhard Langer (2,047) and Fred Funk (1,779). Eduardo Romero is fourth with 1,559 and Scott Hoch is fifth with 1,406. However, John Cook's third-place effort moved him into sixth place with 1,394 points.

• When he won the 2006 title, Tom Kite started the day three strokes behind Don Pooley before going on to win. He also began Sunday's round three strokes behind 36-hole leader Scott Simpson.

• Kite became the 12th player in 22 events to come from behind to win this year.

Tom Kite certainly enjoys playing in the west. Of his 10 Champions Tour career victories, eight have come in the Western part of the United States. He owns two wins in Washington, four in California, one in Arizona and one in Hawaii. His final three PGA TOUR wins also came in California.

• Kite led all players in putting for the tournament, averaging just 26.0 Putts Per Round. Kite credits much of his recent putting success to switching to a long putter last September. He came into the tournament ranked sixth in Putting Average after finishing 23rd last year.

• John Cook's third-place finish was his 12th top-10 finish in 2008, tying him with Bernhard Langer for the top spot on the Champions Tour in that category.

Keith Fergus made it 12 straight sub-par rounds in 12 starts at this tournament. Fergus shot another 2-under-par 70 on Sunday and finished tied for 17th.

Bruce Fleisher finished tied for seventh, giving him his first top-10 finish in a Champions Tour event since he was tied for sixth in April of 2006 at the FedEx Kinko's Classic in Austin.

Denis Watson made a spirited run in defense of his title. After opening with a 2-over-par 74 (tied for 48th), Watson followed on the weekend with rounds of 67-66 to finish tied for fifth. At one point on Sunday he got within two strokes of the lead.

Jeff Sluman became the eighth player to go over the $1 million mark in season earnings when he finished tied for 32nd. Sluman now has $1,002,091 in 2008.

Nick Price's first appearance in a Champions Tour event since June was a success. He closed with a 5-under-par 67 to claim a tie for seventh.

• The most difficult hole for the week was No. 11 with an average score of 4.238 (+.238), while No. 18 was the easiest at 4.710 (-.290). The tournament scoring average was 71.182.