Haas Earns First Champions Tour Win

By Sports NetworkOctober 9, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock BarnCONOVER, N.C. -- Jay Haas, a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, picked up his maiden Champions Tour title with a two-stroke victory at the Greater Hickory Classic.
 
Haas fired a 7-under 65 on Sunday to end the tournament at 16-under-par 200, two strokes better than overnight leader Dana Quigley, who shot a 70 in his final round.
 
Jay Haas
Jay Haas tips his hat to the crowd after racking up his first Champions Tour win.
Loren Roberts also shot a 70 and finished one stroke further back in third.
 
The 51-year-old Haas had twice been a runner-up on the Champions Tour, with both of those finishes coming last year. And he hadn't placed better than a tie for ninth on any tour in 2005.
 
But three scores in the 60s -- and eight birdies in his final round -- had the father of five tasting victory for the first time since winning the H.E.B Texas Open on the PGA Tour in 1993.
 
'I played awfully well all three days,' said Haas, who collected $240,000 for the win. 'It was a great feeling to win again. Somebody told me it was 300 or so (tournaments) since I won, but I never thought about it.
 
'Not playing well on the Champions Tour was disappointing to me.'
 
Haas, who began the day in a tie for third place at nine-under, quickly moved further into red numbers with three birdies on his first seven holes, including a pair of two-putt birdies at the par-five fourth and seventh holes.
 
He dropped a shot at the par-3 ninth when he three-putted from the fringe and made the turn at minus-11. But Haas got two strokes back with consecutive birdies at 12 and 13.
 
Three straight birdies from the 16th then helped Haas keep ahead of Quigley and Roberts, who were playing behind him in the final group. Haas drained putts of 24 and 30 feet on the last two holes.
 
'I had to calm down after the birdie at number 17 because I was looking ahead and thinking birdie at number 18,' Haas acknowledged.
 
'My whole game hasn't been sharp this year, but this week it was. I had a very good ball-striking week.'
 
Roberts, who trailed Quigley by one stroke overnight, quickly assumed the lead by playing his first five holes at 3 under while Quigley was even-par over the same stretch. But Roberts stumbled to a triple-bogey at the par-4 sixth and managed just two more birdies after that.
 
'The birdies were out there and I just didn't convert,' said Roberts.
 
Quigley, whose bogey at No. 2 was his first in 32 holes, made just two birdies on his final 13 holes, including one at 18 that secured him second place.
 
'I didn't have it today,' he said. 'I tried to talk myself into being more aggressive, but I didn't.'
 
Seven players tied for fourth place at 11 under: John Harris (66); Don Pooley (66); Jim Thorpe (67); Jerry Pate (67); Tom Wargo (68); Craig Stadler (68); and Tom McKnight (70).
 
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    Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

    By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

    The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

    There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

    Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

    Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

    None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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    In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

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    Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

    Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

    With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

    Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

    The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

    Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

    In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.