Haas Bids for Spot in Schwab Field


There is only one more chance to break into the top 30 money winners of the Champions Tour. The top 30 make the select field at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, making this weeks SBC Championship vitally important.
Jay Haas is presently resting on No. 30, and though he has played in only eight events this season, he has a lead of almost $27,000. Chasing him are Gary McCord (No. 31), John Bland (No. 32) and John Harris (No. 33)
Jay Haas
Jay Haas finally broke into the winner's circle at the Greater Hickory Classic.
Haas nosed his way inside the top 30 last week when he tied for fifth at Houston and made $70,400. Haas climbed two spots and knocked McCord out of the No. 30 spot. McCord was entered into the tournament at Houston but was forced to withdraw with a bad back. McCord is scheduled to play this week but has now missed two tournaments in a row with the balky back.
Haas, who has played primarily on the regular tour this year, contended at Houstons Administaff Classic after winning the week before at the Greater Hickory Classic. But his putting let him down on the weekend.
'I really played well this week, probably as good as I did last week,' Haas said. 'Today and (Saturday) I was a little shaky with the putter.'
Mark McNulty won in Houston by coming two strokes off the pace to start the final round. Making the feat more impressive was the fact that he had been bedridden with the flu earlier in the week.
'Always beware of the sick golfer,' said McNulty. 'What's that thing about feed a flu, starve a cold?' McNulty said. 'Starve a fever? Well, I was feeding a fever. Must have worked.'
McNulty leads the Champions Tour in scoring average (69.45) and greens in regulation (75.8 percent) and is second in putting average (1.736 per green hit in regulation). With his tour-leading 14th top-10 finish (in 21 starts), McNulty is third on the money list behind Dana Quigley and Hale Irwin.
'You want to be in position in the last nine holes to see what we can do under the gun,' said McNulty. 'That's what makes us play this lovely game of golf.'
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