2014 Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge August 22-24, 2014, Snoqualmie, Wash. Charles Schwab Cup points: 300; Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,183 Purse: $2,000,000 - Final-Round Notes – Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weather: Partly cloudy with highs in the mid-70s and winds from the NW at 5-10 mph.

Final Leaderboard

1. Scott Dunlap 65-63-68—200 (-16) (Pictured by Getty Images)
(won playoff with birdie-4 on the first extra hole)
2. Mark Brooks 65-70-65—200 (-16)
3. Gene Sauers 66-71-65—202 (-14)
4. Tom Pernice, Jr. 68-69-66—203 (-13)
T5. Woody Austin 67-69-68—204 (-12)
Marco Dawson 69-70-65—204 (-12)
Doug Garwood 67-66-71—204 (-12)

Recap Of The Round: Scott Dunlap outlasted Mark Brooks for his first career victory on the Champions Tour. Dunlap was up three strokes twice on the back nine and he appeared headed to an easy victory after making a short birdie putt at the 14th hole. However, Brooks, playing in the group ahead of Dunlap, birdied six of his last seven holes, including a clutch eight-foot birdie putt on the final of regulation, to catch Dunlap. On the first extra hole, the par-5 18th, Brooks was forced to lay up after hitting his drive in the bunker. Dunlap hit his drive in the fairway and then rifled his 3-wood second shot to within five feet of the hole allowing him to have two putts for victory after Brooks spun his third shot back to the front of the green and missed his birdie effort from 40 feet. Dunlap’s eagle effort slid just past the hole and he tapped in for the win.

With His Victory… Scott Dunlap

Dunlap won his first title on the Champions Tour in his 16th career start on the Champions Tour and claimed his first TOUR victory since the 2008 Panama Movistar Championship on the Tour. He made 204 appearances on the PGA TOUR and was third three times – T3 2000 PLAYERS, T3-1999 Doral-Ryder Open and T3-1996 Bell Canadian Open.

Dunlap won the 2014 Boeing Classic in his first appearance in the event, joining John Riegger, the defending champion, as the second player to make this event his first victory on the circuit. His previous-best finish on the 2014 Champions Tour was a T5 at the Toshiba Classic.

Dunlap becomes the first player from the Q-School to win an event on the Champions Tour since Esteban Toledo won both the 2013 Insperity Championship and last year’ s Montreal Championship. Dunlap finished T4 last fall in Scottsdale at the National Qualifying Tournament to earn his initial exemption on the Champions Tour.

Dunlap received a two-year exemption into the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Hawaii.

Dunlap collected 300 Charles Schwab Cup points and moved into the top 20 in the season-long race with 654 total Schwab Cup points.

Dunlap also earns a check for $300,000, his largest amount ever as a professional, and increases his 2014 official earnings to $678,749.

Dunlap won a pair of titles on the Web.Com Tour – 2004 Mark Christopher Charity Classic, 2008 Panama Movistar Championship…Also won the 1994 Manitoba Open and 1995 Canadian Masters on PGA TOUR Canada.

Dunlap has played golf on six of seven continents and won the 1995 South Africa Masters and 1999 Dimension Data Pro-Am on the Sunshine Tour as well as the 1996 Litoral Open, the 1999 Argentine Open and three straight Peru Opens (1998, 1999, 2000) in South America.

He was a collegiate All-America selection for the University of Florida in 1985.

Tournament Notes

Today’s playoff with Mark Brooks and Scott Dunlap was the fifth in the 10-year history of the Boeing Classic. It was the fourth playoff on the Champions Tour this year and first since the U.S. Senior Open. The playoff was the 178th in Champions Tour history and the 110th playoff won with a birdie. A total of 69 playoffs in Champions Tour history have lasted one hole with 46 of them being won with a birdie.

Mark Brooks’ runner-up finish this week was his best effort on the Champions Tour since finishing second to Bob Gilder at the 2011 Principal Charity Classic. It was also Brooks’ best performance in Seattle by a wide margin. In three other appearances at the Boeing Classic, Brooks had never finished better than T57 in Seattle.

Gene Sauers recorded his second straight top-five finish in the Boeing Classic with a solo third-place effort after carding a final-round 65. Sauers was T4 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge last year.

Marco Dawson continued his solid play on the Champions Tour. He earned his way into next week’s Shaw Charity Classic after finishing T5 this week at the Boeing Classic, the highest top-10 finisher, not previously exempt. Dawson was T4 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open last week and was T3 in the 3M Championship prior to that. Since making the first of his 10 starts at the ACE Group Classic, Dawson has registered six top-10s and has played his way into the top 30 with $594,444 (19th).

Robin Freeman made the only eagle of the week at the driveable par-4 14th hole. It kept alive a streak of 10 straight years that at least one eagle has been made on the hole known as Bear’s Canyon. Overall, there were 28 eagles made in the event this year, eight of them on par-4s. Last year, there were only 17 eagles made in the tournament.

Scoring Averages:

Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative Rds. In 60s

Round 1 35.642 35.543 71.185 — 23

Round 2 35.790 35.889 71.679 71.432 18

Round 3 35.741 35.444 71.185 71.350 24

This year’s cumulative scoring average (71.350) was the lowest in this event since 2006 (70.823), the lowest scoring average in event history.

Bogey-free rounds:

R1 (3) – Mike Goodes (65), Scott Hoch (66), Doug Garwood (67)

R2 (3) – Scott Dunlap (63), Joe Durant (68), Fred Funk (68)
R3 (6) — Mark Brooks (65), Joe Durant (69), Kevin Sutherland (66), Russ Cochran (70), Steve Lowery (66), Bart Bryant (68)

Charles Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer, a five-time winner on the Champions Tour this year, finished T15 at the Boeing Classic, his poorest performance ever in Seattle. It marked only the second time this year that Langer has finished out of the top 10 in 17 events (T20 – Encompass Championship). With eight events left in the season, Langer still maintains a 633-point lead over Colin Montgomerie who was idle this week in the season-long race.

In addition to Langer, the 2010 Boeing Classic winner, here’s how the other past champions in this year’s field finished: John Reigger (2013) was T42, Mark Calcavecchia (2011) was T27, Loren Roberts (2009) was T39, Tom Kite (2006, 2008) was T58.

Fred Couples’ carded a final-round 66 to move up into a T15 at the Boeing Classic, the best performance among the three players from Washington who were in this year’s field. Jeff Coston (Blaine) was T32 while Rick Fehr (Seattle) was T72.

Joe Durant was T8 in his first appearance in the Boeing Classic He made just one bogey during the week and played his last 37 holes without a bogey…Rocco Mediate’s 22 birdies were the most ever in the event (21, Jack Ferenz/2006, Tom Kite/2008). However, his eight bogeys and two double-bogeys led to a T10 finish.

The winner of the Boeing Classic has now come from the final grouping in six of the last seven years. The only time it didn’t happen during this stretch was two years ago when Jay Don Blake was in the second-to-last grouping and won in a playoff.

Today’s 1-2-3-4 was a first since the Insperity Invitational earlier this year.

Source: PGA TOUR


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