Boeing Classic

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The Boeing Classic is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour Champions, founded 12 years ago in 2005. The 54-hole event is played annually in late August in Snoqualmie, Washington, east of Seattle. The tournament was titled the "Boeing Greater Seattle Classic" for its first two years and Boeing is the main sponsor.

Boeing Classic
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Tournament information
Location Snoqualmie, Washington
Established 2005, 12 years ago
Course(s) TPC Snoqualmie Ridge
Par 72
Length 7,183 yards (6,568 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour Champions
Format Stroke play - 54 holes
(no cut)
Prize fund $2.1 million
Month played August
Tournament record score
Aggregate 197 Jerry Kelly (2017)
To par −19 as above
Current champion
United States Jerry Kelly
Snoqualmie is located in the US
Location in the United States
Snoqualmie is located in Washington (state)
Location in Washington

History

The Seattle area's previous senior tour event, the GTE Northwest Classic, ran from 1986 through 1995. The first edition was at Sahalee Country Club and the remainder were at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore.

Since its inception in 2005, the Boeing Classic has been held at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, a private course designed by Jack Nicklaus which opened for play 18 years ago in 1999. The course is 25 miles (40 km) east of Seattle at the foothills of the Cascade Range, and varies in elevation from 575 to 870 feet (175 to 265 m) above sea level, with the 18th green at 745 feet (227 m).[1]

From 2007 to 2010, the tournament was played the week following the JELD-WEN Tradition, a senior major championship played in Sunriver, Oregon. For its first two years, the tournament immediately preceded The Tradition, which was then played at The Reserve near Portland. The Tradition moved to Alabama in 2011 and is played in May.

The purse for the 2007 tournament was $1.6 million, with $240,000 to the champion, Denis Watson, the winner of a playoff. The seven-man, sudden death playoff was the largest in tour history, with the seven finishing the 54 holes at 207 (−9). The tournament concluded when Watson sunk an eagle putt on the second playoff hole, a second replay of the par-5 18th hole.[2]

The purse for 2008 was $1.7 million, with a winner's share of $255,000. The par-72 course was set at 7,183 yards (6,568 m). Tom Kite shot a final round 66 to finish at 202 (−14), two strokes ahead of second round leader Scott Simpson . Kite was the only player in the field to break 70 in all three rounds and became the first repeat winner of the event.[3] Kite won the tournament in 2006 in a one-hole playoff over Keith Fergus, and was the runner-up in 2005, finishing three strokes behind David Eger. [4]

The 2009 tournament was held on August 28–30 with a $1.8 million purse. Second-round co-leader Loren Roberts birdied the final two holes and outlasted Mark O'Meara by nearly matching his sterling tee shot at 17 and dribbled in a 5-foot (1.6 m) birdie putt. Roberts birdied the uphill par-5 final hole with a short pitch shot to 3 feet (0.9 m) and dropped the putt for his third victory of the season. Roberts shot a 7-under 65 in the final round and set a new tournament record at 18 under.[5]

In 2010, the U.S. Senior Open was held at Sahalee Country Club in nearby Sammamish, and won by Bernhard Langer with a final score of 272 (−8). The Boeing Classic was held four weeks after on August 27–29, also won by Langer by three strokes over Nick Price of Zimbabwe. Langer tied the record set the previous year by Roberts at 198 (−18).[6]

The purse was raised to an even $2 million in 2011, with a winner's share of $300,000. Half of the first twelve editions ended in playoffs.

Course layout

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 554 410 439 426 475 207 375 529 207 3,622 353 462 426 210 431 590 380 211 498 3,561 7,183
Par 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 36 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 5 36 72

Results

Year Dates Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Boeing Classic
2017 Aug 25–27 Jerry Kelly  United States 65-66-66=197 −19 1 stroke United States Jerry Smith 2,100,000 315,000
2016 Aug 26–28 Bernhard Langer (2)  Germany 69-67-67=203 −13 Playoff United States Woody Austin
United States Kevin Sutherland
2,000,000 300,000
2015 Aug 21–23 Billy Andrade  United States 69-65-73=207 −9 1 stroke Germany Bernhard Langer 2,000,000 300,000
2014 Aug 22–24 Scott Dunlap  United States 65-70-65=200 −16 Playoff United States Mark Brooks 2,000,000 300,000
2013 Aug 23–25 John Riegger  United States 69-64-68=201 −15 2 strokes United States John Cook 2,000,000 300,000
2012 Aug 24–26 Jay Don Blake  United States 68-70-68=206 −10 Playoff United States Mark O'Meara 2,000,000 300,000
2011 Aug 26–28 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 70-67-65=202 −14 Playoff United States Russ Cochran 2,000,000 300,000
2010 Aug 27–29 Bernhard Langer  Germany 66-63-69=198 −18 3 strokes Zimbabwe Nick Price 1,800,000 270,000
2009 Aug 28–30 Loren Roberts  United States 68-65-65=198 −18 1 stroke United States Mark O'Meara 1,800,000 270,000
2008 Aug 22–24 Tom Kite (2)  United States 69-67-66=202 −14 2 strokes United States Scott Simpson 1,700,000 255,000
2007 Aug 24–26 Denis Watson  Zimbabwe 69-69-69=207 −9 Playoff Six players ^ 1,600,000 240,000
Boeing Greater Seattle Classic
2006 Aug 18–20 Tom Kite  United States 71-64-66=201 −15 Playoff United States Keith Fergus 1,600,000 240,000
2005 Aug 19–21 David Eger  United States 68-64-67=199 −17 3 strokes United States Tom Kite 1,600,000 240,000

^ - The six runners-up in the 2007 playoff were R. W. Eaks, David Eger, Gil Morgan, Joe Ozaki, Dana Quigley, and Craig Stadler.[2]

  • All events played at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, and all playoffs on the par-5 18th hole
  • Green highlight indicates scoring records

Multiple winners

Two players have won this tournament more than once through 2016.

Video

  • YouTube − video highlights − 2006−2011

References

  1. ^ "Fast facts". TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Booth, Tim (August 26, 2007). "Denis Watson wins record 7-man playoff to take Boeing Classic". Seattle Times. Associated Press. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Smith, Craig (August 25, 2008). "Tom Kite rallies, relishes that winning feeling at Boeing Classic". Seattle Times. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  4. ^ Smith, Craig (August 22, 2005). "A one-man band: David Eger wins Greater Seattle event". Seattle Times. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  5. ^ "Past Champions". Boeing Classic. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  6. ^ Smith, Craig (August 29, 2010). "Bernhard Langer wins Boeing Classic". Seattle Times. Retrieved July 28, 2015.

External links

Coordinates: 47°32′06″N 121°51′36″W / 47.535°N 121.860°W

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