Haas Cruises to Third Win of the Season

By Associated PressJune 10, 2007, 4:00 pm
Champions TourWEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Jay Haas stumbled to bogeys on the final two holes Sunday, but it didn't matter as he still claimed The Principal Charity Classic by three strokes.
Haas closed with a 2-under 69 to finish at 12-under-par 201. The win was his third of the season and ninth of his Champions Tour career.
He matched Hale Irwin's hot start to a Champions Tour career. Irwin, and now Haas, both picked up nine wins in their first 49 tour starts.
'It's a thrill holding off some great players,' said Haas, who earned $240,000 for the win. 'Brad Bryant and R.W. Eaks came on there and David Edwards made a nice couple of birdies coming in. It was a long day, but it never seemed like the 18th hole was going to get here.'
Eaks fired a 7-under 64 in the final round to end in a share of second place at 9-under-par 204. He was joined there by Bryant (67). Jay Sigel joined Edwards and Mark James in fourth place at minus-8.
Haas, the reigning Champions Tour Player of the Year, got off to a solid start to put things out of reach. He dropped in a 6-foot birdie putt at the first.
The 53-year-old drained a 15-footer for birdie at the fourth to move six clear of the field at 12 under. Two holes later, Haas converted a 3-footer for birdie.
From there, Haas admittedly played against the scoreboard. He parred his next eight holes at Glen Oaks Country Club, but still comfortably led by five strokes.
Haas came up short and right of the 17th green. He pitched to 12 feet, but two-putted for bogey. At the last, Haas drove into a fairway bunker and pitched down the fairway.
He knocked his third to 33 feet, then two-putted for another bogey to drop his winning margin to three strokes.
'I was definitely playing the scoreboard there coming in,' Haas said. 'I got a little sloppy the last couple of holes, but I knew I had a nice cushion coming in. I was playing for bogey those last couple of holes.'
Eaks flew up the leaderboard with four birdies over the first six holes. He posted three birdies the rest of the way to cap a bogey-free round of 64. It was a strong round for Eaks, who has been battling a bad back recently.
'I was in the fitness trailer before the round and they worked on me for about an hour,' Eaks stated. 'I think I learned something. I need to get a massage out here every week. I've been having problems for about 12 weeks, but I think those guys showed me the light.'
Bryant, who defeated Eaks in a playoff at the Regions Charity Classic, stumbled out of the gate with bogeys at two and three. Bryant rebounded with three birdies over the next five holes to get to 6 under.
After six straight pars around the turn, Bryant birdied three of the last four holes to share second place.
Denis Watson, who won the Senior PGA Championship last month, played in the final threesome, but struggled to an even-par 71 in the final round. He shared seventh place with Morris Hatalsky and Irwin at 6-under-par 207.
Andy Bean, Chip Beck, Dave Stockton, Danny Edwards, Vicente Fernandez and Bruce Summerhays were two strokes further back at minus-4.
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    Tiger putts way into contention at The Open

    By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 5:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – When Tiger Woods benched his trusty Scotty Cameron blade putter last month at the Quicken Loans National for a new TaylorMade mallet-headed version some saw it as a sign of desperation, but if his performance on Carnoustie’s greens on Saturday were any indication it could end up being a calculated success.

    Woods stormed into contention on Day 3 with a 5-under 66 to move to within shouting distance of the lead at The Open, thanks in large part to his vastly improved putting.

    “I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I've had really good feels,” said Woods, whose 29 putts on Saturday belies his performance on Carnoustie’s greens. “Even as this golf course was changing and evolving, I've maintained my feels with the putter. I've made a couple of putts from about 40 to 60 feet, which is nice. I just feel like I've been able to roll the ball.”

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    The highlight of Woods’ round came at the par-4 ninth hole when he charged in a 40-footer for birdie from the front edge of the green to begin a run of three consecutive birdies. Perhaps more impressive, he didn’t have a three-putt, and has only had two all week, which is always a bonus on links courses.

    Woods temporarily took a share of the lead with a lengthy birdie putt at the 14th hole and scrambled for a par save at the last after his drive nearly found the Barry Burn.

    “I hit a few putts that I think should have gone in from 20, 30 feet today," he said. "So that's always a good sign.”

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    TT postscript: A 66, he's in contention - awesome

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:58 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods went berserk Saturday and shot 5-under 66 to vault up the leaderboard at The Open at Carnoustie:


    At 4:13PM here in Scotland, when Tiger two-putted for birdie on the par-5 14th hole, he held a share of the lead in a major championship. It was once unthinkable, but it happened. I saw it with my own eyes.

    • Tiger’s last two weekend rounds in the 60s in The Open both happened at Carnoustie and both happened on July 21. In 2007, Woods shot 69 here. On Saturday, that score was clipped by three shots. Tiger shot 65 in the second round of The Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006. He won his third claret jug that week. Tiger last shoot 66 in a major during the second round of the 2011 Masters.

    • This is the sixth time that Tiger has recorded three consecutive rounds of par of better to start The Open. He went on to win three of the previous five times.

    • One bad swing, the only bad swing of the day according to Tiger, produced the luckiest of breaks. Standing on the 18th tee with an iron in hand, Tiger pulled his tee shot that hit on the top of the Barry Burn and very easily could’ve ended in a watery grave. Instead it ended in thick rough, some 250 yards from the pin. Tiger punted it up the fairway, but got up and down from 83 yards to save par and shoot 66. “I hit my number,” he quipped about hitting wedge to 2 feet.

    • On the other hand, the lone bogey came from one poor putt. On the par-3 16th hole, with half of Scotland screaming his name, Tiger missed a 7-footer for par. It was deflating at the time because the last three holes are so difficult. Pars on the last two holes were stellar.

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    • Final stats: 12 of 15 fairways, 14 of 18 greens and 29 total putts. Tiger hit six drivers and one 3-wood, proving that he was way more aggressive. He hit four drivers on Friday and only one on Thursday.

    • One of the aforementioned drivers that he hit on the ninth hole was well left and in some thick round, 170 yards from the hole. A safe approach to 40 feet set him up for and easy two-putt par. But he slammed the putt home and made an improbable birdie. “I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I’ve had really good feels,” he said.

    • In his own words about his chances of winning: “It certainly is possible. I’ve shown that I’ve been there close enough with a chance to win this year. Given what happened the last few years, I didn’t know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance coming Sunday in a major championship. It’s going to fun.”

    Yes, yes it is.

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    Watch: Guy sleeps next to many beers at Open

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 21, 2018, 4:55 pm

    It's Moving Day at The Open Championship for all but one sedentary fan.

    Cameras caught this potentially browned-out man having himself a Saturday snooze on the browned-out grasses of Carnoustie:

    Browned out. That's a great term. Glad it's in the public domain. We've been using it all weekend. I imagine we'll continue to use it. A lot.

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    Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 4:10 pm

    Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

    Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

    No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.

    No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.

    No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.

    No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.

    No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.

    And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.

    Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.

    Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.