John Riegger held off some of professional golf's most notable names — among them, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, John Cook and Seattle native Fred Couples — to finish with a 15-under total of 201 and earn the title of Champion of the 2013 Boeing Classic.
In only his fifth Champions Tour start since turning 50 in June, Riegger had every reason to be nervous as the impressive field pursued him throughout Sunday’s final round. He began the day with a three-shot lead, but a shaky front nine left him trailing Langer, the Hall of Famer, by one shot. The back nine though was another story, where he persevered and then thrived with birdies on three of his last four holes to finish with a 68 and two strokes ahead of the field.
30,000 fans crowded around the 18th green to celebrate Riegger’s win, tying the tournament record for a Championship Sunday crowd, and the Tournament Week total of 86,000 established a new Boeing Classic attendance record.
The Boeing Classic has become synonymous with thrilling finishes and this year was no different, as Jay Don Blake outlasted Mark O'Meara on the second playoff hole to become the 2012 Boeing Classic Champion. For the fourth time in eight years the tournament was decided in a playoff and 28,000 fans crowded around the 18th Green to join in on the excitement.
On the first playoff hole, Blake missed a short birdie putt first, giving O'Meara a chance at the title. But his 8-footer slid right of the hole and sent the duo to a second playoff hole. Playing No. 18 for the third time on the day, O'Meara pulled his second shot into the rough left of the green and his pitch checked up short. Blake's second shot went into the rough behind the green, but his pitch nearly went in, leaving him with a tap-in birdie. O'Meara wasn't able to find the hole on his birdie, giving Blake his third Champions Tour win in the last two years.
Mark Calcavecchia recorded his first win on the Champions Tour with his victory at the 2011 Boeing Classic, holding off Russ Cochran with a two-putt birdie on the first Playoff hole in front of a record 30,000 fans at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. A 13-time winner on the PGA Tour, Calcavecchia went head-to-head with Cochran on Sunday as both players shot 7-under 65s to finish at 14-under. It was Calcavecchia though who made the big shots when he needed them most and provided yet another thrilling finish to cap the most the most successful event in tournament history.
Bernhard Langer shot a 3-under-par 69 on Sunday to win the Boeing Classic by three strokes over Nick Price and tied the tournament record with a three-round total of 198.
Second-round co-leader Loren Roberts birdied the final two holes to steal the 2009 Boeing Classic title. Roberts outlasted Mark O'Meara by nearly matching his sterling tee shot at 17 and dribbled in a 5-foot birdie putt. On No. 18, Roberts birdied the uphill final hole with a short pitch shot to 3 feet and dropped the putt for his third victory this season. Roberts shot a 7-under 65 in the final round and set a new tournament record at 18 under
Kite climbed back from two shots down with three birdies in four holes on the back nine Sunday, rallying to overtake Scott Simpson to win the Boeing Classic by two shots. Kite finished at 14 under after shooting a 6-under 66 in the final round for his 10th career Champions Tour title and 2nd Boeing Classic Title.
Watson won a record 7-man playoff to take Boeing Classic. Playing No. 18 for the third time in an hour, Watson hit a 3-wood to about 18 feet, then made a 22-foot putt, to end the largest playoff in Champions Tour history.
Tom Kite birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Keith Fergus and win the Boeing Classic.
It was his second title of 2006 and ninth of his career on the Champions Tour.
The competition that had started with a bunched field, but after the first day wound up being a one-man show.
Eger won by three strokes, shooting 5-under 67 on Championship Sunday for a three-day total of 17-under 199.