Haas Matches Kites Record for Cuts Made

By Associated PressJune 3, 2006, 4:00 pm
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Jay Haas is a family man who, when things are going good at work, spends his weekends away from home.
Haas tied a PGA TOUR record on Saturday by making the cut at the Memorial Tournament -- the 590th time he's accomplished that feat -- to match Tom Kite.
Haas said he never contemplated such a record when he first turned pro 30 years ago.
'I thought I could play golf until I was about 40 years old and maybe put a little money away and then sit back and do something else,' he said. 'Here I am at 52 and still going.'
His fellow pros were awed by Haas' accomplishment.
'You make 20 cuts a year for 20 years and that's only 400,' Jim Furyk said, shaking his head as he did the math. 'Twenty cuts for 30 years, that's incredible. It's pretty amazing, in two areas. First, the longevity, and then the consistency.'
It's not as though Haas just collects checks. He's won nine times while earning more than $14 million on the regular tour. Five times he's placed in the top 10 at the Masters, four times at the U.S. Open and five more times in the PGA Championship.
In eight starts this year on the Champions Tour, he's the leading money-winner. He has won his last three starts, including last week's Senior PGA Championship for his first major title.
Consistency has been the benchmark of his career. Not terribly long off the tee, he's straight and accurate with every club and is a quality putter.
'Every time I go out I'm trying to shoot my best and be my best,' said Haas, who made the Memorial cut by six shots with rounds of 72 and 71 at the Memorial. 'I'm just trying to hit the ball in the fairway, knock it on the green and make some putts. It's pretty neat to think that I lasted that long and played that much, I guess.'
The game has been good to the Haas family. His uncle, Bob Goalby, the 1968 Masters winner, introduced him to the game. His brother Jerry is the coach at Wake Forest, and brother-in-law Dillard Pruitt is a former touring pro. Son Bill is a rookie on tour. Older son Jay Jr. also is an accomplished golfer and played with his brother and his dad at the Wachovia.
'Jay is my idol out here. When it comes to family values, him and Mr. Nicklaus, they are the best,' Chris DiMarco said. 'I don't think there's one guy who doesn't admire Jay out here. It just shows how good his game is and how great a guy he is. It's just awesome.'
Haas said he knows his days on the regular tour are numbered. He would like to break the tie with Kite, but to do it will likely have to make it to the weekend at a major championship because he plays only a limited PGA Tour schedule.
'I'm going to go through qualifying on Monday for the Open,' he said. 'So I have a chance there. If I qualify there, I'll try for the PGA later in the year.'
Told that Kite was thinking about trying to return to play in a few more regular-tour events, Haas said if that's the case he might have to step up his schedule.
'He may go back out,' Haas said with a laugh. 'The game is on.'
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    McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

    One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

    McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

    It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

    McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

    Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

    Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

    Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

    The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

    The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

    Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

    The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

    A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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    Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

    Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

    Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

    South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

    Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

    The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



    Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

    By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

    It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

    Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

    Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

    "We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

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    Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

    Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.