SNOQUALMIE — Seattle native Rick Fehr needs to win the Boeing Classic to preserve his status as an exempt player on the Champions Tour.

“This may be the last one,” Fehr said Wednesday at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge during the Pro-Am. “I’m OK with that. Obviously, I haven’t played any good. … I have a big bruise on the left side of my head. I need to stop banging it against the wall.”

Fehr has 12 starts on the Champions Tour this year, and his best finish is a tie for 17th. His best finish in 2013 was a tie for 16th.

He has been playing under the career-victory exemption category. That is a two-year window for players ages 50 and 51 who won on the PGA Tour, where Fehr triumphed twice.

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Fehr turns 52 on Aug. 28. He lives in the Phoenix area but doesn’t want to return to his previous job there as an agent for golfers.

“I’m looking at a few different things and still evaluating,” he said. “I’d love to get back to the Northwest if I could find the right opportunity.”


Kevin Sutherland, the rookie who made Champions Tour history last Saturday with a 59, said he likes the Snoqualmie Ridge course.

“It’s great,” he said, taking a break on the driving range. “I think it’s beautiful. It’s in great condition. I like it a lot.”

Sutherland, 50, said three conditions at Snoqualmie Ridge — healthy rough, firm greens and relatively soft fairways — make it unlikely that there will be super-low scores.

The tournament record of 61 was set in 2006 by Scott Simpson and Tom Jenkins.

Sutherland shot his 59 in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y.

• Sutherland is one of three golfers in the Boeing Classic who have shot 59. Chip Beck and Paul Goydos are among the six golfers who have shot 59 on the PGA Tour. The trio are in the same threesome at 12:30 p.m. Friday off the first tee.

• Two other featured pairings are defending champion John Riegger, Michael Allen and Rocco Mediate at 12:40 p.m., and Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer and John Cook at 12:50.

• Couples and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will tee off at 7:45 a.m. Thursday in the Air Pro-Am. Standout guard Chris Paul of the L.A. Clippers will be in the fivesome along with Scott Oki and Zac Keener. Ballmer took over as Clippers owner Aug. 12. Oki owns several Puget Sound-area golf courses. Keener is an assistant pro at Chambers Bay.

• Ballmer won a golf contest against Couples and three Seahawks Wednesday. The objective was to hit balls onto a floating green 85 yards into Lake Washington off the Seahawks training facility. Ballmer and Couples advanced to the final by putting two of three first-round balls onto the green. Kicker Steven Hauschka got one on the green but failed to advance. Jermaine Kearse and Cooper Helfet were 0 for 3. In the final, Ballmer went 2 for 3 and Couples 1 for 3.