2005: Champions Tour - New layout sparks Eger to soar again

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SNOQUALMIE, Wash.

David Eger should hope for the Champions Tour to play on more new courses.

Eger, 53, earned his second over-50 circuit victory with a three-shot triumph over Tom Kite at the inaugural Boeing Greater Seattle Classic. It was Eger’s first victory since the 2003 MasterCard Classic, when the event was held for the first time at Bosque Real Country Club in Mexico.

Eger, a former U.S. Golf Association and PGA Tour official, shot 67 Aug. 21 to finish at 17-under 199 over the TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge course. Tom Kite shot 67 to finish second at 14 under.

“I’ve always said there are a handful of stars out here, but there are also 70 or so very good players who could always win,” said Eger, who won $240,000. “If you’re good enough to play out here, you’re good enough to win.”

Eger moved into contention with a tournament-low 8-under 64 Saturday despite bogeys on two of the final four holes. Don Pooley (T-9) also shot 64 Saturday.

Eger began Sunday tied atop the leaderboard with Craig Stadler and Morris Hatalsky and didn’t waste time building a substantial lead.

Eger made a 20-foot putt at No. 3, then a 15-footer on the next hole, a 12-footer on the par-3 sixth and a 6-footer on No. 8. Twice he birdied holes after drives strayed into the ankle-deep second cut.

Another birdie at the par-4 11th moved Eger to 17 under and gave him a comfortable five-stroke lead – more than enough cushion.

“I didn’t think it would be a multiple-shot victory,” Kite said. “You had a three-way tie at the top and everybody bunched right behind them. I really thought it would come down to the last hole.”

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