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John Riegger wins Boeing Classic

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 25, 2013 at 8:42 pm •  Published: August 25, 2013
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SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — John Riegger won the Boeing Classic on Sunday in his fifth Champions Tour start, holding off John Cook and Fred Couples at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

The 50-year-old Riegger birdied three of the final four holes — holing a 20-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th — for a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Cook. Riegger finished at 15-under 201.

"I didn't look at the board," Riegger said. "The only person to put pressure on you is yourself. I knew these guys were great players their whole careers. Still are. I knew they were going to come out and throw some birdies at me early. I was going to play my game and I knew if I played the way I was capable of playing, things would take care of themselves."

Riegger, a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour, is the fifth rookie to win this year on the 50-and-over tour, matching a record. He won $300,000, the biggest check in his professional career.

"This is going to go down as the best win of my career," Riegger said. "It's been a long, crazy career. I've been around the world and had a little success on the PGA Tour, European Tour, Web.com, but my game has actually gotten better the last couple years. ... I was just trying to play my game, do what I was capable of doing, play the smart percentage and that's what I did all day long."

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