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BOEING CLASSIC


JAY DON BLAKE had just dodged a bullet and he knew it.


In the playoff, the usually reliable Mark O’Meara (as in U.S. Amateur, Masters and British Open champion Mark O’Meara) lipped out his birdie putt on the first extra hole as Blake stayed alive.


“I’ve got my hand out of my pocket waiting to shake his hand,” Blake said. “I didn’t expect him to miss it.” But O’Meara’s putt slid off to the right and Blake lived to keep fighting—which he did, eventually winning with a birdie on the next hole. It was his third career Champions Tour victory.


“I wasn’t calm. I was churning inside quite a bit,” Blake said.


A TOUGH LOSS FOR O’MEARA For O’Meara, it was his fourth runner-up finish since his last win, in 2010. “It’s been disappointing to finish second this many times out here on the Champions Tour,” O’Meara said. “I take pride in my wins on the PGA TOUR and the way I performed in the majors. Not to close the deal, it’s a little bit frustrating.


“At least I’m moving in the right direction,”


Jay Don Blake after winning the 2012 Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.


said O’Meara, who had been sidelined by four months with a rib injury. “This year’s been a tough year just with the injury and everything and being away from the game for so long.” Blake’s other victories came at the 2012 Songdo IBD Championship (in a playoff that involved O’Meara) in South Korea and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The wins have helped boost Blake’s confidence. “I do feel like I belong. I feel like I can compete when I get things going well, playing well,” Blake said. “Not in an arrogant way, but I don’t’ really feel like I’m that intimidated by the players out there.” The playoff was the fourth in eight years at the tournament, and it could easily have involved more than Blake and O’Meara. Willie Wood, who had won his first Champions Tour title the previous week, shot a 70 and finished a stroke back. Michael Allen and defending champion Mark Calcavecchia tied for third. ■


CHARLES SCHWAB CUP UPDATE PLAYER


Tom Lehman


Bernhard Langer Roger Chapman Michael Allen Fred Couples John Cook


Mark Calcavecchia Fred Funk Joe Daley


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EVENTS 15


16 8


17 10 18 19 17 10 14


POINTS 2,043


1,893 1,756 1,531 1,530 1,122 1,108 1,009 958 933


150 287 512 513 921 935


1,034 1,085 1,110


POINTS BEHIND WINS TOP 10 1


9


1 2 2 2


1 1 1 1


13 2


11 6 7


10 6 2 7


3 With his


victory, Jay Don Blake


had won three times in the last calendar


year. Only Fred Couples has won as many during that stretch.


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


Course Insight Insight TPC SNOQUALMIE RIDGE


When it comes to his golf course designs, Jack Nicklaus has always said he revels in 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.” A year after the 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, the Golden Bear made the difficult look implausibly easy.


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


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


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