Jay Haas looking for three-peat in Iowa

By Associated PressMay 28, 2009, 4:00 pm
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Champions TourWEST DES MOINES, Iowa ' Iowa has been good to Jay Haas. So good, in fact, that the organizers of this years Principal Charity Classic have celebrated his return with a Jay Haas bobblehead.
 
The likeness of Haas, free to the first 1,500 fans who show up Friday, features the striped blue shirt, khaki pants and white hat he wore during last years final round, when he had four birdies on back nine for his second straight win at Glen Oaks Country Club.
 
The only problem for Haas is that it also has gray eyebrows and a full head of gray hair poking out of that cap.
 
Im not that gray, Haas said.
 
Haas, who for the record has but a few flecks of gray mixed in a tightly cropped head of dark hair, can become just the sixth Champions Tour player to win the same tournament at least three straight times with a victory this weekend.
 
Hale Irwin last pulled off the feat when he won his fifth consecutive Turtle Bay Championship crown in 2005.
 
Haas cruised to his first Principal Charity Classic victory in 2007, shooting a 12-under 201 total to win by three strokes. Last year he trailed second-round leader Nick Price by three shots entering the back nine.
 
He nailed birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16 and made par on the last two holes, traditionally among the toughest at Glen Oaks, to win by one shot over Andy Bean and two over Price.
 
Haas, who grew up in nearby Belleville, Ill., says Glen Oaks reminds him of the traditional Midwestern courses he grew up on.
 
It kind of feels somewhat like home, when I was growing up in southern Illinois, Haas said. Visually, it looks good to me.
 
Haas is also hoping that his familiarity with the par-71, 6,879-yard course can help him rediscover the form thats been missing of late.
 
Haas, who won the Champions Tour money crown in 2006 and 2007 and finished second in 2008, doesnt have a victory this season and he hasnt cracked the top five since finishing third at the AT&T Champions Classic in March.
 
His recent skid has coincided with the cracked club face that ruined his beloved driver last month. Haas had been using the same driver for 2 1/2 years, and hes still trying to find a replacement hes confident in.
 
Im disappointed that I havent played better than I have. But Ive been doing some good things, and I guess Im hoping that this course will kick start me again, said Haas, currently eighth on the money list and 10th in the Charles Schwab Cup points standings.
 
Price didnt break through with a Champions Tour win until the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at the TPC Tampa Bay in April. One of the major disappointments during a stretch of 38 senior events without a victory came at Glen Oaks last year.
 
Price could have forced a playoff with a birdie on No. 18, but his approach found the fringe and he left the putt well short.
 
If not for a balky putter on the back nine on Sunday, I would have had a chance to win and beat Jay, but it just didnt happen, Price said.
 
Michael Allen, who won the Senior PGA Championship last week in his Champions Tour debut, isnt in the field. Neither is current money leader Bernhard Langer, and Dana Quigley pulled out Wednesday following the death of his brother-in-law.
 
Three-time PGA Tour winner Olin Browne, who turned 50 last week, will make his Champions Tour debut.
 
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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

    One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

    Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

    "I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

    Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

    "I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

    Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

    "Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm