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Scott Dunlap wins 10th annual Boeing Classic golf tourney in front of 33,000 fans
For the second consecutive year, the Boeing Classic produced a first-time Champions Tour winner. Scott Dunlap emerged victorious after making birdie on the first playoff hole. The playoff was necessitated when Mark Brooks made six birdies over the final seven holes, erasing Dunlap’s three-stroke advantage. The two players finished 54 holes at 200 (-16), two strokes ahead of Gene Sauers.
Half of the 10 Boeing Classic tournaments have gone to a playoff, this year being the first since Jay Don Blake defeated Mark O’Meara in 2012.
Dunlap earned his first Champions Tour victory, just as John Riegger had done at last year’s Boeing Classic. Returning to defend his title, Riegger finished in a tie for 42nd place at 215 (-1).
Brooks was one of four players to post the low round of the day at 65 (-7), along with Sauers, Marco Dawson, and Rocco Mediate. It is the third time in tournament history that at least one person has shot 31 on the front nine in each round, something that also happened in 2005 and 2006.
After Dunlap bogeyed the sixth hole, eight players were within one shot of the lead, and four more were just two shots behind the leaders. Local favorite Fred Couples tied for 15th place after shooting 66 (-6) in the final round.
About 33,500 fans watched on Sunday. In total, the 10th annual Boeing Classic drew 94,000 fans to the Ridge, a new record.