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August 24-26


Boeing Classic


WELCOME TO THE CLUB, MARK. Mark Calcavecchia won the 2011 Boeing


Classic for his first Champions Tour title, beating 2011 Senior British Open champion Russ Cochran with a two-putt birdie on the first hole of their playoff, which Cochran forced by making a 12-foot eagle putt on the last hole of regulation play. His last PGA TOUR victory was in 2007 at what is now the Transitions Championship. In a way, his win was payback since he lost


by two strokes to Cochran in the Senior British Open and let a big third-round lead get away at the Regions Tradition.


“I think this will help me down the road,” said


Calcavecchia, the winner of 13 PGA TOUR events including the 1989 British Open. “I have let a few tournaments—a lot of tournaments—get away my whole career. I kind of have that fault. It’s not that I’m not tough, but I don’t always play so well [on] the back nine when I need to.”


AN UP AND DOWN SUNDAY There were plenty of dicey moments for Calcavecchia on Sunday. He miss-played a bunker shot on No. 8,


followed that with drives into the trees on 14 and 15 but managed to save pars, and left a 100- yard approach to the 16th 15 yards short of the putting surface. Ouch. “At times, Mark could come to a situation


Mark Calcavecchia won his first Champions Tour title at the beautiful TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.


TPC Snoqualmie Ridge (Par 72/7,183 yards) Snoqualmie, Washington


that may irritate him or bother him a little bit or throw him off a little bit,” said Cochran. “He never had that today.” Calcavecchia recovered on 16 by chipping


in for a birdie, gaining a stroke when Cochran missed his 10-footer. Looking certain to drop a stroke on 17 as Cochran had a tap-in for birdie, Calcavecchia rolled it in from the fringe and then looked on as Cochran made his improbable eagle putt to force the playoff. “Every time he had to make a putt he made it,”


Calcavecchia said. The


playoff was a short-lived affair.


Calcavecchia hit the green while Cochran found a greenside bunker. His recovery shot rolled through the green and into the rough and when Calcavecchia two-putted, the game was over. “Today he looked like no matter what was


going to happen, that he was going to keep coming and keep making birdies and keep doing good things,” Cochran said. “That’s a big difference. That’s what we all kind of strive for.” ■


CHARLES SCHWAB CUP STANDINGS PLAYER


Tom Lehman


Mark Calcavecchia Peter Senior Olin Browne John Cook


Russ Cochran Nick Price


Tom Watson Mark O’Meara Jeff Sluman


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EVENTS 15


16 17 17 16 16 12 9


15 18


POINTS 1,985


1,419 1,370 1,344 1,278 1,181 1,163 1,131 1,116 937


566 615 641 707 804 822 854 869


1,048


3 -


1 3 -


1 1 1 -


1


9 9 7 5 9 7 4 4 7 8


Course Insight TPC


Snoqualmie


Ridge When it comes to his golf course design work, Jack Nicklaus has always said he loves the challenge of combining aesthetics with strategy. “I believe that whenever possible, golf should


be played in a pretty place,” said Nicklaus. “If I can design a course to accomplish that and still create some great holes, so much the better. Here we took the aesthetics and the view lines and tied them together very well.” One year after this course opened for play (1999), it was ranked as the best course in the Washington State Golf Course Rankings, and the 14th hole was named the best par 4 in Washington and the second-best golf hole in the state overall. So once again, as he did throughout his


playing career, Nicklaus made the difficult look implausibly easy.


POINTS BEHIND WINS TOP 10 -


“I HAVE LET A FEW TOURNAMENTS —A LOT OF TOURNAMENTS —GET AWAY MY WHOLE CAREER. I KIND OF HAVE THAT FAULT.” – Mark Calcavecchia


Tournament Record 198, Loren Roberts, 2009; Bernhard Langer, 2010


Tournament 18-Hole Record 61, Tom Jenkins, Scott Simpson, 2006


GOLF CHANNEL Ticket Information www.boeingclassic.com PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2012 183


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