Boeing Classic notebook: Jeff Brehaut has quite the comeback, going from 86 to 67
Golfer debated whether to come back after embarrassing round, as did his caddie
Special to The Seattle Times
SNOQUALMIE — Strange game, this golf.
Just ask Jeff Brehaut.
Friday, he shot a horrendous 14-over 86 in the first round of the Boeing Classic. He started on the back nine and shot 48.
Saturday, he shot a 5-under 67 for a tournament-record 19-stroke improvement. He started again on the back nine and this time shot 32.
“That’s golf,” said Brehaut, 51, from Los Altos, Calif. “I’d like to think I’m more like the guy who was here today.
“Yesterday was the worst round I’ve had as a pro. I tried. Everything went wrong. ... It was embarrassing, it was really embarrassing. ... I thought about quitting. ... I hemmed and hawed — ‘Should I come back?’ ”
Brehaut came back, but his caddie didn’t. Word got out on the range that he needed a caddie and another one was found.
The previous-best turnarounds had been 14 strokes by John Schroeder in 2005 (83 to 69) and Jeff Sluman in 2013 (79 to 65).
Another eagle for Coston
For the second consecutive day, teaching pro Jeff Coston from Blaine made a shot from the fairway for an eagle 2. This time, he canned a 113-yard shot on the par-4 16th, using the same 52-degree wedge with which he sank a 118-yard shot on No. 7 Friday.
Coston finished the round Saturday at even par and is tied for 20th, 4 under.
Coston, who played at Seattle University and had stints on the PGA Tour and Web.com (then Nationwide) Tour, hands his fans a bio card with a religious message that includes these lines:
“Golf is such a wonderful game. It’s a game to which you have to give up the natural tendency to force things to happen, and simply let go and trust.”
Of the three Washington golfers in the tournament, Fred Couples had the best round with a second consecutive 1-under 71. Rick Fehr, playing in the last Champions Tour event for which he is exempt, shot 78 after opening with a 72.
• There have been 20 eagles in the tournament, and six of them have been on par 4s.
• Michael Allen opened with five consecutive birdies and was one hole away from tying the tournament record for consecutive birdies at six, but he bogeyed the par-3 sixth hole. Allen turned at 31 but double-bogeyed the 10th hole and finished with a 69.
• Eleven golfers went for the green over the canyon on the par-4 14th hole and the result was four birdies, six pars and a double bogey by Couples.