SNOQUALMIE – The Boeing Classic has lost three winners of golf majors that it expected to have in the field.
Citing an arm injury, Nick Price withdrew Monday from the three-day tournament that starts Friday at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Price has won the PGA Championship twice and the British Open once in the 1990s.
In recent days, Larry Mize, best-known for sinking a 140-foot chip to the win the 1987 Masters, also notified the tournament that he won’t be coming to Seattle. Neither will Craig Stadler, who won the 1982 Masters.
A beneficiary of the no-shows is inaugural 2005 Boeing Classic winner David Eger, who was on the alternate list but now is in the tournament. Also joining the field are Jeff Hart and Joel Edwards. The field will be finalized with the top four finishers in Tuesday’s qualifier at Druids Glen Golf Club.
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The son of ex-Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg started Monday as a potential substitute for his father in the Seahawks’ “Rumble at the Ridge” and wound up winning a trip to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Matt Krieg, 25, was on the second hole in the charity event at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge when he was notified that a group headed by ex-Washington State football star Mkristo Bruce had a vacancy.
Dave Krieg, who lives in Phoenix, had brought Matt with him in case recent back surgery forced him to sit out. The ex-QB’s back was behaving, so Matt joined Bruce’s group and promptly hit what turned out to be the winning shot in the long-drive contest — 325 yards on the first hole.
• The winning “Rumble at the Ridge” team was that of ex-Seahawk Randall Morris, with a 16-under score of 56. Chuck Nelson’s team also carded a 56 in the scramble format but lost the tiebreaker because Morris’ fivesome had the best score on the back nine.
• Among the first golfers to arrive at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Monday was Fred Funk, who said he is eager to go hiking and asked about the route up Mount Si in particular.
• Bobby Clampett will conduct the free Emirates Youth Clinic at noon Tuesday at Snoqualmie Ridge. The event is open to all youngsters ages 5-18.