Haas Looks Toward Champions Now


Its an oddity that that has rarely been seen in professional golf. Jay Haas and Loren Roberts each played last week in the PGA Tour event in Greensboro, N.C. And they both will play the Champions Tour event this week in Hickory, N.C. Its seldom that two golfers have played back-to-back weeks on the two tours.
For Haas, it just about ends a regular tour career, though he has been eligible to join the Champions Tour since the beginning of last year. He won more than $2 million of PGA Tour money, good for 27th place, as a 50-year-old in 2004. This year, however, he stands 138th. He has missed four out of his last five cuts, including Greensboro where he finished 1-over with a 72-73.
I was just looking at the leaderboard coming up 18 and I was even par and they said I was tied for 80th or something like that, Haas told the Greensboro Record. I think it was a 78-man field (after the cut) and the worst I could have been was around 78th.
This is just such a deep league here. There are so many great players on the PGA Tour.
Actually, the 78th position was one shot off the cutline. And Haas missed the cut by
three shots.
Haas sparkled in his two Champions appearances last year, placing second in the Senior PGA and tying for third in the Senior Open. But this year, he has played in six Champions events and hasnt had nearly the success. He missed the cut in the Senior PGA, tied for ninth in two others, and finished out of the top 10 in three others.
Haas problems on the regular tour have come from his driving, where he is 186th with an average of 276, and his putting, where he is 142nd. His driving is slightly better among the seniors with an average of 282, but his putting is just about identical ' his putting average on the PGA Tour is 1.799, 1.798 on the Champions.
Haas would dearly love to play a year with his son Bill, who may get his tour card next year. But unless his game improves dramatically, this will be the last year Haas plays as a fulltime regular-tour member.
Roberts also missed the cut on the PGA Tour last week, shooting even-par at Greensboro. He just turned 50 in June and has sparkled in his four tries at the Champions Tour, winning a major (the JELD-WEN Tradition). He finished in a tie for second in the U.S. Senior, fifth in the Senior British, and tied for 11th Pebble Beach.
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