Fred Couples headlines field for Boeing Classic
The field is set for the Boeing Classic, and Seattle native Fred Couples leads a field of that includes 17 winners of PGA Tour "majors. " The eighth-annual three-day Champions...
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Boeing ClassicField: 81 Champions Tour professionals
2011 finish: Mark Calcavecchia defeated Russ Cochran in a one-hole playoff to secure his first Champions Tour victory.
Format: 54 holes of stroke play with no cut.
Purse: $2 million
Course: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, par 72, 7,264 yards
TV: The Golf Channel — Friday: 3:30-5 p.m.; Saturday: 3:30-6:30 p.m.; Sunday: 4-6:30 p.m.
Source: Boeing Classic
SNOQUALMIE — The field is set for the Boeing Classic, and Seattle native Fred Couples leads a field of that includes 17 winners of PGA Tour "majors."
The eighth-annual three-day Champions Tour event at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge begins Friday.
Couples, winner of the 1992 Masters, will be playing in his third Boeing Classic and is certain to be the crowd favorite.
The other winners of the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open or PGA Championship are: Mark Brooks, defending Boeing champion Mark Calcavecchia, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Steve Jones, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Mark O'Meara, Corey Pavin, Scott Simpson, Jeff Sluman, Craig Stadler and Bob Tway.
Two major winners who have withdrawn because of injuries are Nick Price (elbow) and Hal Sutton (hip).
This is the 19th stop on the Champions Tour this year and there have been 16 different winners. Only Couples and Roger Chapman, who is not playing here, are two-time winners. Michael Allan has won once and also shared a team championship with David Frost.
Six men, including Yong Lee of Auburn, joined the field Tuesday via the qualifier held at Druids Glen Golf Club in Covington. Bob Niger of El Dorado Hills, Calif., shot a 6-under 66 to win the event. Robin Freeman and Champions Tour vet R.W. Eaks both shot 67s. Robert Thompson, Ben Bates and Lee got in with 70s.
Eaks, who lost in a seven-way Boeing playoff in 2007, has made two of the 17 eagles in tournament history on the par-4 No. 14 "Canyon Hole" where golfers have the option of trying to hit over the canyon to the green.
The Korean Air pro-am will be played Wednesday and Thursday before the tournament begins.
• Seahawk quarterback Matt Flynn won a closest-to-the-pin contest against two Champions Tour pros and two teammates at the end of practice Tuesday. Shooting at a pin 80 yards away, Flynn's best shot stopped 19 inches from the flag. Bobby Clampett of the Tour was second at 6 feet, 2 inches from the pin followed by Golden Tate (8 feet, 8 inches), kicker Steven Hauschka (21 feet) and Steve Jones from the Tour (21 feet, 8 inches).
• The "power rankings" for the Boeing Classic as formulated by PGATour.com contributor Vartan Kupelian: 1, Bernhard Langer (won here in 2010, nine consecutive top 10s this year); 2, Fred Couples; 3, Michael Allen; 4, Mark Calcavecchia (defending champion); 5, Kenny Perry.
• Friday is Kids' Day and kids 15-and-under get in free with a paying adult. For the younger kids, activities will include face-painting, free ice cream and the appearance of assorted team mascots. There also will be a putting contest.