Notebook: Round 3, Boeing Classic

August 25, 2013

By Champions Tour staff

John Riegger birdied three of his last four holes to outdistance John Cook by two strokes and win the 2013 Boeing Classic. Needing just two putts from 20 feet on the final hole to avoid a playoff with Cook, Riegger finished in style, sinking the birdie putt at No. 18. Cook briefly tied Riegger for the lead with his 15-foot birdie at the 16th hole, but Riegger regained the advantage for good when he two-putted for birdie at the par-5 15th and then followed with another birdie at No. 16.

Winner Notes: John Riegger—69-64-68—201 (-15)

-- He wins his first Champions Tour event in his fifth official start and becomes the fifth rookie and fifth first-time winner on the circuit this year, equaling the Champions Tour record for most rookies to triumph in a season (five in 1989, 1999, 2007).

-- He becomes the first player to make the Boeing Classic his first career victory on the Champions Tour.

-- He becomes the second Q-school graduate to win on the 2013 Champions Tour, joining Esteban Toledo at this year’s Insperity Championship. Earned his exemption on the Champions Tour by finishing T4 at the National Qualifying Tournament, securing the fifth position with a birdie on the third extra playoff hole. Did not join the circuit until the Encompass Championship in Chicago after turning 50 on June 13 and previous-best best finish among his four career appearances this year is a T14 at the 3M Championship.

-- He earns an immediate one calendar-year exemption on the Champions Tour and a two-year invitation to the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

-- He earns 300 Charles Schwab Cup points, the first Schwab Cup points of his career.

-- He collects a check for $300,000, his largest check ever, and increases his 2013 Champions Tour earnings to $373,945 and moves to 31st on the season money list.

-- Riegger won twice on the Tour with his last victory coming at the 2010 Rex Hospital Open (5/23/10) at age 46. Prior to today, he had made made two starts on the PGA TOUR, four on the Champions Tour, and 33 appearances on the Tour since last winning near Raleigh, NC.

-- Riegger’s initial Tour win came at the 2007 LaSalle Bank Open in Chicago.

-- Riegger’s career-best finish among 224 PGA TOUR starts is a T5 at the 2006 John Deere Classic.

Miscellaneous Tournament Notes:

-- Hometown hero and World Golf Hall of Fame member Fred Couples fired a final-round 66, his lowest round at TPC Snoqualmie, to finish third at the Boeing Classic, his best performance in this event. It marked the fifth time he’s finished among the top-three in an event this year in 10 starts on the Champions Tour. Couples finished second at the Toshiba Classic, Regions Tradition, Encompass Championship and Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.

-- John Cook’s runner-up performance at the Boeing Classic this year surpassed his third-place effort in 2008 as his best finish in this tournament. It was Cook’s best finish on the Champions Tour since his season-opening victory at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

-- Bobby Clampett’s T4 effort at the Boeing Classic matched his best career performance on the Champions Tour. Clampett was T4 at the 2012 Insperity Championship and also T4 at the 2010 SAS Championship.

-- Kenny Perry didn’t earn any Charles Schwab Cup points this week (T20) but he continues to lead the race after 18 events with 2,619 points. Bernhard Langer, Perry’s closest pursuer, earned 77 Schwab Cup points and increase his total to 1,834 points. At the end of the official season, the player earning the most Charles Schwab Cup points will earn a $1 million payout.

-- The winner of the Boeing Classic has now come from the final grouping in five of the last six years. The only time it didn’t happen during that stretch was last year when Jay Don Blake was in the second-to-last grouping and won in a playoff.

-- The hardest hole at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge this year was the par-3 17th hole (3.277), yielding just 22 birdies.

-- Kenny Perry made the only eagle of the week at the driveable par-4 14th hole. It kept alive a streak of nine straight years that at least one eagle has been made on the hole known as Bear’s Canyon. Overall, there were 17 eagles made in the tournament, the fewest in a Boeing Classic since only 12 were made in 2007.

Course statistics
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
Round 1 35.662 36.575 72.238 ---
Round 2 35.456 35.772 71.228 71.736
Round 3 36.190 36.013 72.203 71.891

-- This year’s overall cumulative scoring average (71.891) was the lowest in the Boeing Classic since 2009. Last year’s field scoring average at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge was 72.258.

-- Bogey-free rounds:
Round 1 [1] – Bobby Clampett (67)
Round 2 [6] – John Cook (68), Gene Sauers (67), Jay Don Blake (67), Tom Kite (66), Jeff Sluman (65), Chien Soon Lu (70)
Round 3 – None

-- Here’s how the former winners in this week’s Boeing Classic field did this week at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge – David Eger (2005)/T28, Tom Kite (2006/2008)/T34, Bernhard Langer (2010)/T4, Mark Calcavecchia (2011)/WD, Jay Don Blake (2012)/T15.

-- Roger Chapman’s final-round 67 moved him up 35 spots into a T34. It was the biggest move by a player in the field…Bart Bryant and Brian Henninger both made 17 birdies, the most by a player in the tournament…John Cook made just two birdies, the fewest by a player in the field…Jeff Hart and Brian Henninger both his 39/42 fairways (92.86%) this week…John Cook led the field in greens in regulation, hitting 44/54 (81.48%)…Russ Cochran, Dan Forsman, Tom Pernice, Jr., and John Riegger all averaged 26.67 putts per round.