SNOQUALMIE – John Riegger shot an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to open a three-shot lead after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Boeing Classic.
The 50-year-old Riegger, making his fifth career start on the 50-and-over tour, had an eagle for the second straight day and added seven birdies and a bogey to finish at 11 under at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
Tom Lehman (67), Bernhard Langer (68), Moses Lake native Kirk Triplett (68) and Bobby Clampett (69) were tied for second.
Riegger pitched in for the eagle on the 590-yard, par-5 15th hole.
“It wasn’t anything fancy” Riegger said. “It was just a straight-forward pitch. It landed just on the green and rolled in just like a putt.”
He said he no idea at the time that shot pushed him into the lead
“I don’t look at it (the scoreboard),” Riegger said. “If I just go out there and play the way I’m capable of playing, things will take care of themselves. It’s not going to do any good to worry about what someone else is doing.”
Riegger has two career wins on the Web.com Tour, the last in 2010.
“That tour helped me prepare for out here (better) than the regular tour just because you have to go low and keep going low because there’s so many good players,” Riegger said. “As for my fifth event, these guys have been beating up on me for 30 years. We still have one more day to go and there’s a lot of great players out here. There’s some guys out here capable of shooting 63 or 64 on this golf course.”
Langer, the 2010 winner, chipped in for eagle in the 529-yard, par-5 eighth.
“Those were three beautiful shots for the eagle,” Langer said. “Then I hit it into the water next hole (for bogey). … It’s not over. Three shots sounds like a great deal. On this golf course, it can be gone in a hole or two. There is a lot of golf to be played yet. I think whoever is within five shots has a chance. I’ve won tournaments when I was seven shots back.”
Hometown favorite Fred Couples (70) was 5-under par.
First-round leader Bart Bryant, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open winner last week in Endicott, N.Y., followed his opening 66 with a 75 to drop into a tie for 20th at 3-under par.
Scott Hoch withdrew because of an ankle injury.