The final round, which concluded with the largest playoff in history, was one that no one playing — or watching — will forget. The emotionally draining few hours captured everything that makes sports great.
There had never been anything like it before.
And there hasn’t been since.
Somehow, some way, seven players tied for first place at the 2007 Boeing Classic.After 54 holes, Denis Watson, R.W. Eaks, Gil Morgan, Craig Stadler, Dana Quigley, Joe Ozaki and David Eger were at 9 under. It is still the largest playoff on any of the major golf tours.
2017 Boeing Classic
Where: The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge.
Monday: Seahawks Rumble at the Ridge, 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday: Practice rounds, all day; youth clinic, noon
Wednesday-Thursday: Korean Air Pro-Am, tee times start at 7 a.m.
Friday: First round, tee times start at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday: Second round, tee times start at 10 a.m.
Sunday: Final round, tee times start at 7:30 a.m.
Tickets and information: Go to boeingclassic.com
This year’s Boeing Classic, for players 50 and older, begins Friday at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. It would be impossible to upstage what took place on Aug. 26, 2007.
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“It was amazing how water found its level at 9 under,” said Chuck Nelson, the former UW football star who was tournament director. “Some guys made birdies to get there and some bogeys (and double bogeys) to get there. And in the end, we had a touchdown of guys at 9 under.”
But the record-book distinction doesn’t begin to capture what happened that day.
It doesn’t capture the heartbreak of Ray Stewart. He was the unlikely leader through two rounds, then seemingly lost the tournament with a disastrous 15th hole, then when given another chance, lost it again on the 17th.
It doesn’t capture the amazing resolve of Watson, who ended up holding the trophy. Less than an hour earlier, he had been beating himself up for a…