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Given 2nd Life, Blake Prevails

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Jay Don Blake could do nothing but watch.

Mark O'Meara was lining up a 6-foot birdie putt Sunday to win the Boeing Classic on the first hole of a playoff at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

O'Meara slid the putt to the right. And given a second life, Blake birdied the next playoff hole to capture his third Champions Tour victory.

"I've got my hand out of my pocket, ready to shake his hand," Blake said of his thoughts before O'Meara's miss of the 6-footer on the 18th hole. "I didn't expect him to miss it."

The two went right back to the tee box of the par-5 18th hole, and Blake took quick advantage of his reprieve. He hit his second shot onto the back fringe, then chipped to tap-in distance on his third shot.

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