Boeing Classic adds new blood to tough field
Colin Montgomerie, among the best players never to win a major title, is among the newcomers to a field that features Seattle native Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Kenny Perry and defending champion Jay Don Blake.
Seattle Times staff
Boeing Classic at a glance
What: Champions Tour event for golfers 50 and older.
Where: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge
When: Tournament begins Friday.
Schedule of events: Monday – Seahawks Rumble at the Ridge, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday – Youth clinic, noon; adaptive golf clinic 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Champions Tour players practice rounds; Wednesday – Pro-Am Day 1, 7:45 a.m.; Thursday – Pro-Am Day 2, 7:45 a.m.; Friday – Boeing jet flyover, 11:20 a.m., first round begins at 11:30 a.m.; Saturday – second round, time to be determined; Sunday – final round, times to be determined.
Tickets: $20 daily; $40 for Friday-Sunday; $60 for the week. Children 14 and under: free general admission with a paid adult. Seniors 60 and over get 50 percent off. Boeing employees and retirees along with one guest get free admission with Boeing ID. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or at boeingclassic.com
Parking: $10 with a shuttle taking fans to the course.
More information: boeingclassic.com
While golf tournament directors like to boast about the number of major champions in their fields, a couple of rookies who are known for falling just short in that pursuit are among the headliners in the Boeing Classic, which begins Friday at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
Colin Montgomerie, one of the greatest players in European history and a World Golf Hall of Famer, was runner-up in five major tournaments and is still looking for his first official Tour win in the United States. Rocco Mediate, who won his Champions Tour debut earlier this year, is best known for losing to Tiger Woods in a 19-hole playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open.
Montgomerie, who has two top-10 finishes in his first four events on the 50-and-over Champions Tour, and Mediate are among the favorites. But they’ll have to deal with Seattle native Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Kenny Perry and defending champion Jay Don Blake among others.
Montgomerie won the European Merit of Honor a record eight times, including seven in a row from 1993-99. One of the greatest players never to win a major, he has finished second five times in majors. He was second three times in the U.S. Open, and lost one of those in a playoff. He also lost the PGA Championship in a playoff.
Also making his Boeing debut will be Rick Fehr, the Nathan Hale of Seattle graduate who won twice on the PGA Tour and came so close four other times, losing in playoffs.
Speaking of playoffs, the Boeing Classic is known for them, including the seven-man playoff in 2007 that was the largest in Tour history. The past two tournaments have also been decided by playoffs, with Blake beating O’Meara last year.
The tournament begins Friday, but it’s a weeklong event, beginning with Monday’s Seahawks Rumble at The Ridge that features former NFL greats and other celebrities. At 11:20 a.m. Friday, 10 minutes before the first tee times, the annual Boeing jet flyover will christen the ninth edition of the event.
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