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Calcavecchia’s birdie in playoff nets Boeing Classic title

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Aug. 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm with No Comments »
August 28, 2011 6:00 pm

It took an extra hole, but Mark Calcavecchia finally reeled in his first Champions Tour victory.

Three finishing birdies in regulation were not enough as Russ Cochran matched him shot for shot.

But in the sudden-death playoff, Calcavecchia nestled a 30-foot putt from off the 18th green close enough for a short birdie, and Cochran missed his chip short from the back rough to extend the tournament.

Both Calcavecchia and Cochran finished with 7-under-par 65 – tying for the low round of the week – at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge to finish at 14-under 202.

The longtime PGA Tour veteran’s last win was the 2007 PODS Championship. He is in his second season on the 50-and-over circuit – a span of 31 starts.

Calcavecchia becomes the first player in tournament history to make the Boeing Classic his first Champions Tour triumph.

“I am ecstatic right now,” he told The Golf Channel.

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