SNOQUALMIE – Oregon alum Peter Jacobsen said Husky fans tried to disrupt his round in the Boeing Classic on Saturday by screaming profanities and taunts at him.
“I don’t think there is any call for that,” Jacobsen said. “I’m just out here playing a golf tournament.
“I even wore purple today for Husky fans, but they still were yelling at me.
“I guess they don’t like anyone from Oregon.”
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Jacobsen shot an even-par 72 and is 2 under par after two rounds.
Taking a poke at Washington’s vote to legalize marijuana, Jacobsen said:
“Nobody in Washington likes Oregonians. I’m not a dope smoker, so I guess I wouldn’t like Washington.”
Jacobsen said the worst catcalls came from skyboxes and stands where the hecklers couldn’t be easily identified. He said there were no problems on the 18th green, which is surrounded by corporate hospitality suites and skyboxes.
This is Jacobsen’s first appearance in the Boeing Classic since the inaugural year of 2005. He was available to play this year because this is the first year he isn’t hosting a golf event in Portland.
Perry gets new driver
Kenny Perry, the Champions Tour money leader whose driver shaft was broken in transit to Seattle, used a brand-new driver and shot 3-under 69.
“It went OK today,” Perry said. “I didn’t hit any foul balls like I did yesterday.”
On Friday, Perry played with the old clubhead with a new shaft and shot a 2-under 70 but didn’t feel comfortable on the tee.
“Yesterday, I kept finding the toe and the heel,” Perry said, referring to parts of the clubhead.
• Fred Couples shot a 2-under 70 and is tied for 10th at 5 under. “It wasn’t sloppy — it just wasn’t very good,” Couples said of his round that saw him birdie three of the final five holes. He was irritated by ending his round for a second straight day with a par on the birdie-friendly 18th hole. Rick Fehr, the other Seattle native in the field, shot a 77 for the second straight day.
• The par-3 17th hole surrendered 11 birdies Saturday after giving up none on Friday when the pin position was more difficult.
• Sunday is Military Day at the tournament and will start with a flyover at 9:50 a.m. by two World War II planes — a P-51 Mustang and a B-25 Mitchell.
• Citing an ankle injury, Scott Hoch withdrew. He shot a 73 on Friday.
• Jeff Sluman tied a Boeing Classic record by improving from a first-round 79 to a 7-under 65 Saturday. In 2005, John Schroeder improved from 83 to 69. Two-time Boeing winner Tom Kite, one of the oldest golfers in the field at age 63, shot 66 after an opening-round 76.