Younger Haas Flirts with Magical 59

RSS

LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Bill Haas shot a 10-under-par 60 to set a 45-year-old Porter Cup record.
 
Haas, son of Jay Haas, moved to within a stroke of the lead in the four-day medal-play tournament on Thursday. The Porter Cup, held annually at Niagara Falls Country Club, is considered one of the most prestigious amateur events in the United States.
 
Brandt Snedeker leads the tournament with a 15-under 125 after a round of 62, which tied the previous Porter Cup record. Bill Haas had a chance to finish with a 59 before bogeying the 18th hole.
 
'Making bogey on the final hole is going to bother me a little bit,' Haas told The Niagara Gazette. 'If someone said I have a putt for 59 and miss, I would be disappointed. But, then again, I made my share, too.'
 
Haas, 22, played well from the start, despite missing his first four fairways, including his opening tee shot which landed on the driving range. He recovered by sinking a birdie putt from 25 feet.
 
Haas then birdied No. 2, holed a 182-yard 5-iron for eagle on No. 5 and birdied Nos. 6 and 9 to finish with a 6-under 29 on the front. He followed with birdies on 11, 12, 13, 16 and 17.
 
'The hole looked like a bucket,' Haas said. 'I just kept my head down and kept playing. I didn't really realize how well I was playing. I just tried to make every putt I could.'
 
Originally known as the International Invitation at Niagara Falls Country Club, the Porter Cup began in 1959. Over the years, the tournament has hosted several current PGA TOUR greats, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Tom Lehman, Hal Sutton and Justin Leonard. Jay Haas also completed in the Porter Cup in the mid-1970s.
 
Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.