Boeing Classic R2

Fred Couples takes five-shot lead into final day

August 23-25
The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, WA
$2,100,000
Round 1, Round 3


Fred Couples made a hole-in-one in a round of 9-under 63 on Saturday and built a five-shot lead after two rounds of the Boeing Classic, his hometown tournament that he is trying to win for the first time.

Couples made the ace on No. 9, using a 4 iron on the 203-yard hole. It was the highlight of another solid day from the Seattle native, who has posted consecutive bogey-free rounds.

”I hit it really solid right at it and it hit – I don’t know how it went in. It just hit and popped in,” Couples said. ”Then I birdied a whole ton of holes after that.”

David Toms rebounded from a first-round 70 with a 9-under 63, and was tied for second at 11 under with Paul Broadhurst, who followed an opening 66 with a 67. Bernhard Langer (68), Ken Duke (66) and Stephen Leaney (68) are another stroke back at 10 under.

Couples shot a 7-under 65 in the first round at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. The hole-in-one jump-started his round on Saturday as he went on to birdie five of the next six holes. Couples closed out the round with a birdie at the 18th for a 30 on the back nine.

Couples, who grew up about 30 minutes from the course, has never finished higher than a tie for third in the tournament. His five-shot lead entering the final round is the largest in tournament history.

”Tomorrow’s going to be a great day. We’ll see,” Couples said. ”I’m going to have to – these guys aren’t shooting – they’re not far behind. I mean, Toms, they’re all 5 and 6 under, so I’m going to have to shoot whatever I have to shoot. I don’t want to win by one, I would like to win by nine. That would be easier.”

Toms, who started on the back nine, made five birdies and an eagle on his first nine holes Saturday to jump into contention.

First round leader Fred Funk faltered in the second round and shot a 4-over 76. Funk shot 64 and had a one-shot lead over Couples after the first round.


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Fred Couples
-16
65
63
128
T2
David Toms
-11
70
63
133
T2
Paul Broadhurst
-11
66
67
133
T4
Ken Duke
-10
68
66
134
T4
Stephen Leaney
-10
66
68
134
T4
Bernhard Langer
-10
66
68
134
T7
Tim Petrovic
-9
70
65
135
T7
Brandt Jobe
-9
69
66
135
T7
Jerry Kelly
-9
67
68
135
T7
Doug Garwood
-9
66
69
135
T11
Tom Pernice Jr.
-8
68
68
136
T11
Retief Goosen
-8
67
69
136
T13
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-7
70
67
137
T13
Tommy Tolles
-7
69
68
137
T13
Lee Janzen
-7
71
66
137
T13
Glen Day
-7
69
68
137
T13
Jeff Maggert
-7
66
71
137
T18
Olin Browne
-6
70
68
138
T18
Wes Short, Jr.
-6
70
68
138
T18
Kevin Sutherland
-6
71
67
138
T18
Gibby Gilbert III
-6
71
67
138
T18
Woody Austin
-6
69
69
138
T18
John Huston
-6
69
69
138
T24
Stephen Ames
-5
70
69
139
T24
Paul Goydos
-5
69
70
139
T24
Colin Montgomerie
-5
69
70
139
T24
Kirk Triplett
-5
68
71
139
T24
Kent Jones
-5
68
71
139
T24
Gene Sauers
-5
67
72
139
T24
Rocco Mediate
-5
74
65
139
T31
Steve Flesch
-4
69
71
140
T31
Tom Gillis
-4
69
71
140
T31
Fred Funk
-4
64
76
140
T34
Davis Love III
-3
70
71
141
T34
Marco Dawson
-3
69
72
141
T34
Cliff Kresge
-3
69
72
141
T34
Scott Parel
-3
69
72
141
T34
Billy Andrade
-3
71
70
141
T34
Ken Tanigawa
-3
72
69
141
T34
Duffy Waldorf
-3
68
73
141
T34
David Frost
-3
69
72
141
T34
Steve Jones
-3
73
68
141
T34
Greg Kraft
-3
68
73
141
T34
Mark O’Meara
-3
67
74
141
T45
Darren Clarke
-2
70
72
142
T45
David McKenzie
-2
69
73
142
T45
Tommy Armour III
-2
71
71
142
T45
Billy Mayfair
-2
72
70
142
T49
Bob Estes
-1
71
72
143
T49
Joe Durant
-1
69
74
143
T49
Brian Mogg
-1
71
72
143
T49
Russ Cochran
-1
69
74
143
T49
Jeff Sluman
-1
73
70
143
T49
Chris DiMarco
-1
74
69
143
T55
Michael Allen
E
70
74
144
T55
Scott McCarron
E
69
75
144
T55
Skip Kendall
E
72
72
144
T58
Larry Mize
1
70
75
145
T58
Vijay Singh
1
72
73
145
T58
Brad Bryant
1
73
72
145
T58
Jerry Smith
1
74
71
145
T62
Dave Cunningham
2
69
77
146
T62
Willie Wood
2
73
73
146
T62
Mark Brooks
2
75
71
146
T65
Joey Sindelar
3
71
76
147
T65
Robert Gamez
3
75
72
147
T67
David Morland IV
4
73
75
148
T67
Michael Bradley
4
74
74
148
69
Bart Bryant
5
74
75
149
T70
Shaun Micheel
7
73
78
151
T70
Esteban Toledo
7
73
78
151
T70
Gary Hallberg
7
74
77
151
73
Dan Forsman
8
75
77
152
74
Tom Byrum
9
78
75
153
75
Mark Calcavecchia
12
71
85
156
76
Robert Rannow
16
82
78
160
WD
Dudley Hart
E
72
10
82
WD
John Daly
E
77
77