Making the most of his first appearance at the Boeing Classic, Billy Andrade held off several golfers to win the tournament, shooting 73 (+1) in the final round for a cumulative total of 207 (-9). The 73 is the highest final round score by a Boeing Classic Champion, and the three-round total of 207 ties the tournament record for highest cumulative total by the winner, originally set in 2007 by Denis Watson. Coming into the Final Round with a three-stroke lead, Andrade brought many players back into contention with a triple-bogey on the fourth hole. However, he never left the top of the leaderboard, taking the lead by himself for good on the ninth hole. Andrade birdied the 12th hole to increase his lead to three strokes, and then he held on with pars down the stretch. It is Andrade’s first Champions Tour title in an individual stroke-play event, and it is his first professional tour victory since he defeated Phil Mickelson by one stroke at the 2000 Invensys Classic at Las Vegas.
Bernhard Langer birdied the 17th and 18th holes to move into second place all by himself at 208 (-8) after a final-round 71 (-1). It is the third consecutive Champions Tour event in which he has finished second or tied for second, and the fifth straight tournament in which he finished in the top three. The three-round total of 208 is the exact same total he posted last year when he finished in a tie for 15th place.
There was a four-way tie for third place at 209 (-7), including Fred Couples and Mark O’Meara, who were playing in the same group as fellow Masters Champion and Round One leader, Larry Mize. Couples and O’Meara both eagled the 18th hole to move into the tie for third place with Guy Boros and Fran Quinn, both of whom qualified for the tournament last Monday.
Wes Short Jr. posted the low score of the day, shooting seven-under-par 65, tying the low round of the tournament posted by Andrade Saturday. Short’s round included an eagle on the 14th hole, six birdies, and just one bogey as he moved into a tie for ninth place at 211 (-5).
EAGLE STREAK EXTENDED AT ALASKA AIRLINES CANYON HOLE
An eagle has been posted at the 14th hole in all 11 editions of the Boeing Classic, a streak that was extended Sunday when Wes Short Jr. reached the green from the tee and holed his first putt. Short notched the 24th eagle at the Alaska Airlines Canyon Hole in the history of the tournament and became the 20th different golfer to earn the score. Those totals increased to 26 eagles by 22 different players as the round went along, as both Grant Waite and Bobby Watkins converted eagles on the 14th hole. Besides the three eagles, 15 players made birdies among the 32 competitors who attempted to reach the green on their tee shot.
*report provided by Boeing Classic