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Boeing Classic notebook | Pressure? Tour school was pressure
John Riegger went to bed Saturday night after watching a sportscaster talk about how much pressure would be on him Sunday as a Champions Tour rookie leading the Boeing Classic.
Special to The Seattle Times
SNOQUALMIE – John Riegger went to bed Saturday night after watching a sportscaster talk about how much pressure would be on him Sunday as a Champions Tour rookie leading the Boeing Classic.
In other words, don’t be surprised if this guy folds. Riegger didn’t. Eighteen hours later, he was holding the championship trophy and wearing the aviator’s jacket that goes to the winner.
“What they don’t realize is I had to shoot 66 the last day just to get in a playoff at tour school and there’s a whole heck of a lot more pressure in that situation,” Riegger said. “If I didn’t make that, I wouldn’t be here today.”
Riegger said he avoided looking at scoreboards but did get an update from a Golf Channel employee on the 15th hole.
Couples fires 66, has best finish here
The exact game hasn’t been selected, but Fred Couples will raise the 12th Man flag at a Seahawks game this season. Even though Couples lives in Los Angeles, he has Seahawks tickets this year.
Couples birdied the final three holes for a 6-under 66 Sunday that is his best score in the four years he has entered the event. His third-place finish is his best here.
• After dealing with anti-Oregon jeers and heckling from Husky fans Saturday, Peter Jacobsen found himself with friendlier spectators Sunday. “It was great. It was fun,” said the former Oregon Duck. “People were saying, “Hey, we love you anyway!” and “We don’t like the Ducks, but we like you!”
• Boeing announced it has signed to continue title sponsorship of the golf tournament through 2016.
• At times, the hottest golfer on the course was Brian Henninger of Wilsonville, Ore. Henninger made eight birdies but bogeyed the final two holes and finished with a 4-under 68 and in 14th place at 7 under for 54 holes.
Henninger could have broken the tournament front-nine record with par on the par-3 ninth hole but three-putted from 15 feet for bogey and tied the mark at 31.
Henninger, 50, is a Champions Tour rookie who hasn’t played competitive golf the past five years and underwent cervical surgery three years ago.
“It was fun to be engaged and feeling like I could win a tournament,” he said.
• The three toughest holes during the tournament were par-3’s: No. 17 (3.27 stroke average), No. 13 (3.18) and No. 9 (3.16). The easiest hole was the par-5 opening hole (4.63).
• The biggest roar of the day was when Duffy Waldorf sank a greenside bunker shot for an eagle on the 18th hole in front of the huge hospitality tents.
• The Sunday pairings were convenient for the annual reunion of the Foy family because their two favorite golfers, Tom Lehman and Olin Browne, were in the same threesome.
The Foys are from Minnesota except for Teri, who has a house on the second hole at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. That explains why they hold a sign near the green supporting University of Minnesota alum Lehman.
Browne became a family favorite two years ago when he showed up in Teri’s yard asking for ice after an amateur’s ball hit him in the hand during the pro-am. He hasn’t forgotten the favor and had a gift of dog biscuits this year for Teri’s dog, Miko.
• The number of golfers going for the green on the par-4 “Canyon Hole” increased each day. On Friday, when the tee was far back, only four golfers of 80 “went for it” and the results were one birdie and three pars. On Saturday, 11 attempted it and the results were six birdies, three pars, one bogey and a triple bogey. On Sunday, 29 gambled and the results were one eagle (Kenny Perry), 11 birdies, 15 pars, one bogey and a double-bogey.