Boeing Classic produces a first-time tour winner in exciting fashion

As expected, yesterday’s final round at the Boeing Classic was an exciting one. And for the fans in attendance, it got even more exciting as the tournament was decided in a playoff between two players. After all was said and done, however, one made the critical putts needed in order to secure a historic victory.

Mark Calcavecchia tapped a birdie in from a couple feet out on the first playoff hole (the 18th) to beat Russ Cochran and take the title at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqualmie, his first Boeing Classic crown and his first on the Champions Tour, the men’s pro golf tour for golfers 50 and over. The two golfers exchanged big shot after big shot down the stretch and both fired rounds of 65 to finish at -14 under par for the event to send them into the playoff.

Calcavecchia narrowly missed hitting an eagle on 18 in regulation which would have closed it out then, but Cochran made an eagle after Calcavecchia birdied, forcing the extra hole.

The playoff was the first since the famous seven-man battle in 2007, and third overall in the seven years of the Classic.

Seattle’s Fred Couples finished -1 under after a round of 73.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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