A golfer from the land down under finished atop the final standings at the Boeing Classic on Sunday.
After cranking out an eagle and a birdie on the opening holes of round three, Australia’s Rod Pampling held strong for the victory on The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge’s par-72 course.
Pampling finished the three-day tournament 12-under (68-70-66-204) and earned $315,000 in the PGA Tour of Champions event. His 66 tied with three others for the lowest round of the final day.
Following hot on Pampling’s heels in second place was the trio of 11-under linksters Tim Herron (69-69-67–205), Billy Mayfair (66-70-69-205) and Jim Furyk (68-67-70-205), all of whom pocketed $153,650 each.
Pampling, 51, said he was amongst good company on the course and was thankful to play well throughout the weekend and notch the victory.
“Oh, it’s fantastic,” Pampling said in a press release. “You look at all the Hall of Famers are just phenomenal out here. There’s so many and they still play really good golf, which people think they don’t, but I’ll tell you what, they play so good. It’s just not quite as far off the tee anymore, but everything else is still really good.”
After all was said and done, Pampling’s final-round scorecard featured one eagle, six birdies and two bogeys. Over the course of the tournament, he amassed 16 birdies and six bogeys, and his average driving distance was 310.2 yards.
Pampling said his caddie supplied vital confidence as the two walked the course on day three.
“He just kept saying, ‘You know what? There’s no reason that they can’t make a bogey coming in.’ He said, ‘Just hang tough,’ and we did and hey, it worked out. We got a little bit lucky at the end, but sometimes that’s what you need,” Pampling said.
During the final round, Herron carded one eagle, five birdies and two bogeys; Mayfair made five birdies and two bogeys; and Furyk had three birdies on the front nine before bogeying No. 17.
Furyk said it was a tough course, one in which a lot of birdies and bogeys are scored.
“There’s some holes where there’s just no bail-out, so you fly it at the pin and if you hit a good shot, great; if not, you make bogey. There’s a few of those holes,” he said.