Haas Outlasts Bryant for Senior PGA

By Sports NetworkMay 28, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Senior PGA ChampionshipEDMOND, Okla. -- Jay Haas got up and down for par on the third playoff hole Sunday to defeat Brad Bryant and win the Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club.
Haas closed with a 3-under 68, while Bryant finished eagle-par-birdie to post even-par 71 and join Haas in the playoff at 5-under-par 279.
'It's pretty neat stuff to finally win a major,' said Haas, who earned $360,000 for the win. 'I feel bad for Brad. He played a lot of good shots.'
The par-4 18th played as the first extra hole and it saw Haas two-putt from 45 feet for par. Bryant's approach got hung up in the wind and came up short of the green. He got up and down for his par, though.
The duo moved to the par-4 first for the second playoff hole. Haas missed the fairway well right, then came up short of the green with his second shot. Bryant got a lucky kick as his tee shot ricocheted back into the fairway.
Haas chipped inside two feet and tapped in for par. Bryant left himself 12 feet for birdie, but he left that effort short and it was back to No. 18.
'I felt it was going to be over on the second playoff hole,' Haas admitted. 'I was trying to figure out what I would say to Brad after it went in. It looked like his day after he made that long putt on the last hole to tie me. I felt like he was going to make that one.'
Haas lost his approach to the third extra hole in a deep bunker right of the putting surface. Bryant then knocked his second shot to the back edge of the green, leaving himself a long and difficult birdie try.
Bryant's birdie putt came to rest 5 feet left of the hole. Haas blasted out of the bunker to 15 feet. He rolled the improbable par putt into the cup and when Bryant's par putt slid by the left edge, Haas had claimed the first major title of his career and third win this season.
'I hit every putt I had today like that, just exactly like that - weak and left,' admitted Bryant. 'Gosh I was lucky to be in the playoff. Let's face it, I played great coming down the last few holes, but early in the round I really stunk the place up. Second place in a major isn't bad.'
Gil Morgan, the third-round leader, closed with a 3-over 74 to end alone in third at 3-under-par 281. He was one ahead of Bryant and four clear of Haas to start the day.
Dana Quigley posted an even-par 71 to end at minus-2 and alone in fourth place. Loren Roberts was one stroke further back at 1-under-par 283 after a final-round 73. Tsuneyuki Nakajima ended alone in sixth at even-par as he carded a 2-under 69 in the final round.
Haas looked to be out of the picture early on. He bogeyed the second and third to fall to even-par for the championship. Bryant, playing one group behind Haas, birdied the second to get to minus-6.
The 52-year-old Haas flew back into the mix as he caught fire from the fourth. He birdied the fourth and fifth from just outside 10 feet to get back to minus-2.
Haas kicked in a 3-footer for birdie on six, then sank a 6-foot birdie try at seven. He capped a run of five straight birdies by making a 5-foot putt on the eighth to join Morgan in the lead at 5 under.
Meanwhile, Bryant was struggling to stay in the mix. He bogeyed the fifth and sixth, then stumbled to a double bogey at the seventh. He stood at minus-2, but was able to get one stroke back with a birdie on eight.
Bryant hit into the trees left of the fairway at nine and pitched out. He was unable to save his par there and dropped back to minus-2, three behind Haas.
Haas turned at minus-5 and seemed to be in control. He was playing conservatively on the back nine and it cost him as he three-putted for bogey at the 12th.
Standing at 4 under, two clear of the field, Haas parred his next five holes. He was lucky to par the par-5 16th as his second shot hit a wood piling bordering a hazard and kicked his ball into play instead of into the hazard.
He pitched to 9 feet from there, but left the birdie try shy. Haas drained a 15-footer for birdie at the 18th to get back to minus-5.
'Six-under was my number I felt like I needed to get to,' Haas stated. 'I was not trying to play safe. I hit a lot of good shots on the back nine. My putting touch just left me a little bit. I was fortunate to make par at 16 and the birdie putt at 18 was pretty sweet.'
Bryant dropped four behind Haas at 1 under par as he bogeyed the 11th. He climbed within one of Haas' lead with back-to-back birdies from the 13th.
After a bogey on 15, Bryant's second shot to the par-5 16th stopped 5 feet from the cup. He sank the putt for eagle and a share of the lead. After a par on 17, Bryant drained a 25-foot birdie putt to join Haas at minus-5.
Katsuysohi Tomori fired a 4-under 67 in the final round to end at 1-over- par 285, where he was joined by second-round leader Peter Jacobsen (75). Doug Tewell took ninth place at plus-3, while D.A. Weibring was one stroke further back at 4-over-par 288.
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  • If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

    By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

    She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

    You don’t believe it, though.

    She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

    Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

    Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

    “In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

    Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

    Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

    Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

    At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

    She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

    She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

    And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.

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    There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

    Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

    It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

    Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

    Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

    “I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

    About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

    Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

    “She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

    David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

    “She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

    Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

    Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

    “Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

    Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

    “It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

    Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

    “No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

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    The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.

    Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.

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    By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:36 pm

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    This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.

    “I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season,” Cook said. “Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”

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    Cook has been perfect this week at the RSM Classic and moved into contention with four consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 (he began his round on the 10th hole of the Seaside course). A 6-footer for birdie at the last moved him one stroke clear of Brian Gay.

    In fact, Cook hasn’t come close to making a bogey this week thanks to an equally flawless ball-striking round that moved him to first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green.

    If Cook has played like a veteran this week, a portion of that credit goes to long-time Tour caddie Kip Henley, who began working for Cook during this year’s Web.com Tour finals.

    “He’s got a great golf brain,” Henley said. “That’s the most flawless round of golf I’ve ever seen.”

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    By Associated PressNovember 17, 2017, 10:26 pm

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    The 45-year-old Gay won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2013.

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    ''I've hit a lot of greens and fairways,'' Gay said. ''I've hit the ball, kept it in front of me. There's a lot of trouble out here, especially with the wind blowing, so I haven't had to make too many saves the first couple days and I putted well.''

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