SNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- Kevin Sutherland shot a 12-under 60 on Saturday in the Boeing Classic, birdieing the final four holes to finish a stroke off his own PGA Tour Champions record.
Needing an eagle on the par-5 18th for another 59, Sutherland made a birdie after missing the green with a 3-iron approach. He was tied for the lead with Ken Tanigawa at 14-under 130.
"I birdied 16, I go, 'You birdie 17 and you eagle 18, you're there," Sutherland said. "But it's easier said than done -- eagles just don't happen all the time. But I gave myself a chance, hit a really good drive. ... I didn't hit a great 3-iron. It would have been nice to hit one up there and give yourself at least a putt at it and that didn't happen."
In 2014, Sutherland became the only player to break 60 in the history of the 50-and-over tour, shooting a 13-under 59 -- with a closing bogey -- in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.
"One of the lessons I did learn from Endicott was that there was this feeling that you actually had won something before the tournament was over, and I did not play well the next day," Sutherland said. "So, I'm going to take a little bit of that with me."
On Saturday at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Sutherland played the back nine in 7-under 29, also birdieing Nos. 10, 12 and 13. He opened with three pars in cold conditions, then birdied No. 4 and Nos. 6-9.
"I hit it very close to the hole on five holes on the front," Sutherland said. "I hit it about a foot 3 feet on 10 and then about a foot on 12. Then I started hitting good shots, but they were going to like 15 feet and I started making those, too. So it all worked together. There wasn't a shot that I didn't hit well out there today until the last hole, and that 3-iron, I just came out of it a little bit."
"Trust me, I'm not even remotely disappointed with the day," Sutherland said. "It's all positive. Yeah, shooting a 59 is just, for me, was once in a lifetime. Just to have an opportunity to shoot it again was just a treat, so it's all good."
Sutherland won the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship last year in Phoenix for his lone PGA Tour Champions title. He won the 2002 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship for his only PGA Tour title, beating childhood rival Scott McCarron in the final at Las Costa.
Tanigawa shot 64, closing with a birdie in a back-nine 30.
"Always hope for the best, prepare for the worst," Tanigawa said. "You just go out and play, and it added up to that -- and it's pretty cool that it did. "
Scott McCarron was third at 11 under after a 67.
Bernhard Langer shot his second straight 68 for his 11th under-par round in a row at Snoqualmie Ridge. The German star won the event in 2010 and 2016.
Hometown star Fred Couples remained 1 under after a 72.