Roberts Edges O'Meara to Win Boeing Classic
Sunday, August 30, 2009; 10:04 PM
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) -- Second-round co-leader Loren Roberts birdied the final two holes to steal the Boeing Classic title Sunday and keep Mark O'Meara winless on the Champions Tour.
O'Meara led by a shot until an untimely bogey on the short, par-4 16th when his second shot found a bunker short of the green. O'Meara rebounded with a birdie on the 17th, but could only manage a par on the par-5 18th when his tee shot found a fairway bunker.
Roberts took advantage. He nearly matched O'Meara's sterling tee shot at 17 and dribbled in a 5-foot birdie putt. Then he birdied the uphill final hole with a short pitch shot to 3 feet and dropped the putt for his third victory this season.
Roberts shot a 7-under 65 in the final round and set a new tournament record at 18 under. He won earlier this season at the ACE Group Classic and the Senior British Open last month.
His third shot on the 18th, from about 50 yards, bounced in the fringe, checked up and gently trickled behind the hole while O'Meara was on the driving range prepping for a potential playoff.
O'Meara has now finished as a runner-up eight times since joining the Champions Tour. His last victory in a PGA Tour sanctioned event was the 1998 British Open.