$10 Million Bill

By Doug FergusonSeptember 25, 2011, 8:31 pm

ATLANTA - In the richest playoff in golf history, Bill Haas came up with the shots that matched the money.

With his ball half-submerged on the bank of a lake, Haas blasted out of the water to about 3 feet to save par on the second playoff hole against Hunter Mahan, then got up-and-down for par on the 18th green to win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.

Haas won a combined $11.44 million - including $10 million for capturing the FedEx Cup.

'It was all or nothing,' Haas said of his shot from the water left of the 17th green.

That's what this playoff felt like.

Mahan had to settle for $864,000 for his runner-up finish, and $700,000 for finishing seventh in the FedEx Cup. The difference between winning and losing was $9.876 million.

Haas won for the first time this year, and the payoff could be more than just a massive bank deposit. Fred Couples makes his final captain's pick on Tuesday for the Presidents Cup, and Haas put on quite a show.

Even if Couples wasn't watching, his assistant captain had a great view: Jay Haas, Bill's dad, was in the gallery at East Lake, and raised his arms as his 29-year-old son delivered the most riveting conclusion in the five-year history of the FedEx Cup.

'I'm proud of him the way he came back,' Jay Haas said.

Only a week ago, Haas was poised to make the Presidents Cup on his own until a 42 on the back nine at Cog Hill. He was atop the leaderboard Saturday at East Lake until a bogey/double-bogey finish.

And he almost let it get away from him again. Haas had a three-shot lead when he walked off the 15th green, only to make bogey from the trees on the 16th and bogey from the gallery on the 18th for a 2-under 68.

Mahan had to make par on the 232-yard closing hole. He hit a clutch chip - the biggest weakness in his game - and holed a 5-foot par putt for a 71 to join Haas in the high-stakes playoff.

They returned to the par-3 18th and the pressure was obvious with so much money at stake. Haas hit his shot well right, into the gallery for the third straight time, then hit a tough chip to 10 feet. Mahan went in the bunker and blasted out to 6 feet. Haas appeared to be down to his last shot, but holed the par putt to stay alive.

What followed was an amazing turnaround.

From the right bunker, his approach to the 17th on the second playoff hole tumbled down the hill and barely into the lake, the top half of the ball still showing. Mahan hit a pitching wedge to 15 feet, and must have thought the $11.44 million was his.

Mahan was in that same lake on Thursday when he removed his socks and shoes and played back to the fairway, so when he saw what Haas had done, he knew it wasn't over. He just didn't think - no one did, really - that Haas could hit such a spectacular shot.

'I thought I had won on the second playoff hole, and then he hits it out of the water to 2 feet,' Mahan said. 'So it seemed like he was destined to win this week.'

Water splashed upward, and the ball settled 3 feet away. Mahan's birdie putt just missed on the high side of the cup.

Back to the 18th for the third time in less than an hour, Haas avoided the gallery this time and went left of the green. Mahan again found the bunker, only this time he blasted out some 15 feet by the hole and missed. Haas chipped to 3 feet and holed it for the biggest putt of his young career.

He calmly pumped his fist toward the green and let out a huge sigh.

'I'm very fortunate,' Haas said. 'This is pretty unbelievable.'

Haas was at No. 25 in the FedEx Cup, making him the lowest seed to capture golf's biggest prize. He joins a distinguished list of FedEx Cup winners that includes Tiger Woods (twice), Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk.

This FedEx Cup took more math skills than usual, yet it turned out to be the most compelling.

In the final hour of the Tour Championship, eight players still had a chance to win the $10 million prize. Webb Simpson, the top seed, closed with a 73 and finished alone in 22nd, making it possible for anyone who won the Tour Championship - except for Aaron Baddeley - to pass him.

Luke Donald, the No. 1 player in the world, made birdie on the 18th hole for a 69. He needed a three-way tie for second to capture the FedEx Cup, and could have done it had Mahan and Baddeley both made bogey on No. 18 in regulation. Both made par.

Donald wound up in a tie for third with K.J. Choi, who needed birdie on the 18th to get into the playoff. Choi shot 70.

Charles Howell III also needed a birdie to get into the playoff, but came up well left of the green on No. 18 and made bogey. Jason Day had a 30-foot birdie putt to join the playoff and gave it strong run. He missed a meaningless 4-footer coming back and made bogey.


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Texas Open purse payout: Landry doubles earnings

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 23, 2018, 11:42 am

Andrew Landry won the Valero Texas Open for his first career PGA Tour victory. In the process, he doubled his season earnings. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out at TPC San Antonio.

1 Andrew Landry -17 $1,116,000
T2 Trey Mullinax -15 $545,600
T2 Sean O'Hair -15 $545,600
4 Jimmy Walker -14 $297,600
5 Zach Johnson -13 $248,000
6 Joaquin Niemann -12 $223,200
7 Ryan Moore -11 $207,700
T8 Chris Kirk -10 $179,800
T8 Andrew Putnam -10 $179,800
T8 Kevin Streelman -10 $179,800
T11 Ben Crane -9 $136,400
T11 Billy Horschel -9 $136,400
T11 Martin Laird -9 $136,400
T11 Richy Werenski -9 $136,400
15 Brandt Snedeker -8 $111,600
T16 Aaron Baddeley -7 $96,100
T16 David Hearn -7 $96,100
T16 Grayson Murray -7 $96,100
T16 Vaughn Taylor -7 $96,100
T20 Dylan Frittelli -5 $67,167
T20 Retief Goosen -5 $67,167
T20 Chesson Hadley -5 $67,167
T20 Denny McCarthy -5 $67,167
T20 Johnson Wagner -5 $67,167
T20 Nick Watney -5 $67,167
T26 Corey Conners -4 $46,810
T26 Jim Furyk -4 $46,810
T26 Keith Mitchell -4 $46,810
T26 J.J. Spaun -4 $46,810
T30 Kevin Chappell -3 $37,665
T30 Austin Cook -3 $37,665
T30 Ernie Els -3 $37,665
T30 Jamie Lovemark -3 $37,665
T30 J.T. Poston -3 $37,665
T30 Brendan Steele -3 $37,665
T36 Zac Blair -2 $26,694
T36 Harris English -2 $26,694
T36 Jason Kokrak -2 $26,694
T36 Nicholas Lindheim -2 $26,694
T36 Troy Merritt -2 $26,694
T36 Sam Ryder -2 $26,694
T36 Ollie Schniederjans -2 $26,694
T36 Brian Stuard -2 $26,694
T36 Kevin Tway -2 $26,694
T45 Keegan Bradley -1 $17,732
T45 K.J. Choi -1 $17,732
T45 Si Woo Kim -1 $17,732
T45 Hunter Mahan -1 $17,732
T45 Ben Martin -1 $17,732
T45 Ben Silverman -1 $17,732
T51 Ricky Barnes E $14,508
T51 Zecheng Dou E $14,508
T51 Beau Hossler E $14,508
T51 Matt Kuchar E $14,508
T51 Danny Lee E $14,508
T51 David Lingmerth E $14,508
T51 Graeme McDowell E $14,508
T58 Abraham Ancer 1 $13,578
T58 Lanto Griffin 1 $13,578
T58 Anirban Lahiri 1 $13,578
T58 Adam Schenk 1 $13,578
T58 Daniel Summerhays 1 $13,578
T58 Julian Suri 1 $13,578
T64 Joshua Creel 2 $12,958
T64 Charley Hoffman 2 $12,958
T64 Peter Malnati 2 $12,958
T64 Andrew Yun 2 $12,958
T68 Matt Atkins 4 $12,462
T68 Steve Marino 4 $12,462
T68 Rod Pampling 4 $12,462
T68 Michael Thompson 4 $12,462
72 Ethan Tracy 8 $12,152
MDF Cameron Champ 2 $11,966
MDF Xander Schauffele 2 $11,966
MDF Joel Dahmen 3 $11,594
MDF Bill Haas 3 $11,594
MDF Brandon Harkins 3 $11,594
MDF Hudson Swafford 3 $11,594
MDF John Senden 4 $11,284
MDF Brice Garnett 8 $11,160
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M. Jutanugarn finally joins sister in LPGA winner's circle

By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 1:42 am

LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn won the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open by two shots for her first victory in six years on the LPGA Tour, joining sister Ariya as the second siblings to win on the tour.

The 23-year-old from Thailand shot a 3-under 68 for a 12-under 272 total Sunday at Wilshire Country Club in the tour's return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.

Jutanugarn won in her 156th start after three career runner-up finishes, including at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February. She had 21 top-10 finishes before winning.

Seven-time winner Ariya tied for 24th after a 70. She joined the predominantly Asian crowd to follow her older sister's final holes, crying as Moriya two-putted to close out the win.

Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam were the first sisters to win on the LPGA Tour.

Hall of Famer Inbee Park shot a 68 to tie for second with Jin Young Ko (70).

Park had opportunities, but she wasn't able to put pressure on Jutanugarn playing in the final threesome. However, Park will return to No. 1 in the world when the rankings come out Monday, knocking off top-ranked Shenshen Fang, who tied for 12th.


Full-field scores from the Hugel-JTBC Open


Jutanugarn began the final round with a two-shot lead and never wavered in fulfilling the potential she first displayed as the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 2013. After a birdie at the second hole, she reeled off nine consecutive pars before sinking birdie putts at 12 and 13.

She overcame a tee shot that narrowly missed going out of bounds for another birdie at 15 to lead by three.

Jutanugarn ran into trouble on the par-4 16th. Her approach landed on the green and rolled off it, stopping inches from dropping into a bunker. Her chip shot ran well past the hole and her par putt just missed catching the edge of the cup. That left her with a short putt for bogey, her first in her previous 28 holes, trimming her lead to two shots.

Ko's tee shot on 18 landed about 4 feet from the hole, giving her a chance to cut Jutanugarn's lead to one shot with the Thai facing a long birdie attempt.

But Ko missed, leaving Jutanugarn room to maneuver. Her birdie putt came up a couple feet short, but she calmly parred the hole to win. Ariya rushed onto the green and joined others in emptying water bottles on her sister before they embraced.

So Yeon Ryu (68) finished fourth at 7 under. American Emma Talley (67) and Eun-Hee Ji (71) tied for fifth at 6 under, making Ji one of four South Koreans to place in the top five.

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After Further Review: Tour players embracing new ideas

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 23, 2018, 1:26 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On players embracing new ideas on the PGA Tour ...

PGA Tour players are trying to tell commissioner Jay Monahan something: They like new.

In the second year of the two-man team format at the Zurich Classic, 10 of the top 14 players in the world have signed up, including all four reigning major champions. It’s the first time all four have been in the same field since the Tour Championship. If the laid-back event offered world-ranking points – it doesn’t, and that’s part of the appeal – the winner would have received 62 points. That’s the same as the Genesis Open.

Sure, some sponsor obligations are involved in boosting the field here, but there’s no other way to look at this: Today’s PGA Tour players are not only willing to play events that are a departure from the 72-hole, stroke-play norm. They’re encouraging it. - Ryan Lavner


On Moriya Jutanugarn's breakthrough win ...

As much love as there is between the Jutanugarn sisters, it couldn’t have been easy for Moriya, watching her baby sister, Ariya, soar past her as one of the LPGA’s dominant stars the last few years. Mo, though, never betrayed an inkling of frustration or envy.

That’s what made Mo’s breakthrough LPGA victory Sunday at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open especially meaningful for everyone who has admired Mo’s devotion to her sister. Mo was always a fixture, waiting in the wings to celebrate whenever Ariya hoisted a trophy.

So emotions were high late Sunday, with Ariya waiting in the wings this time, with Ariya sobbing in Mo’s arms after the victory was secured. It was heartwarming for more than Apple, the mother who raised these talented, loving sisters. As always, Apple was there, too, soaking both her daughters in tears of joy. – Randall Mell


On the tough scheduling decisions facing the PGA Tour ...

According to multiple sources, officials at Colonial are poised to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Charles Schwab Corporation on Monday.

While this is good news for the folks in Fort Worth, Texas, who were in danger of finding themselves on the wrong side of timing, there remain some tough decisions to be made in the next few weeks.

If the PGA Tour’s plan is to end its season before Labor Day beginning in 2019, something must give. Currently, the Houston Open, a staple on Tour since 1946, and The National are without sponsors. When the music stops in a few weeks and the circuit announces the ’19 schedule, there’s a good chance one, or both, of those events will be the victims of bad timing. – Rex Hoggard

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Triplett hole-out wins Legends of Golf playoff

By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 12:12 am

RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Kirk Triplett holed out from a bunker for birdie on the first playoff hole Sunday in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf to lift himself and partner Paul Broadhurst past Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman.

''Well, you're trying to make it, but you know realistically it doesn't go in very often,'' Triplett said. ''You're trying to give your partner a free run at it. You don't want to hit it up there 20 feet past or do something silly. I'm just trying to hit it the right distance and get it on the right line.''

Langer and Lehman took it in stride.

''You kind of learn to expect it,'' Lehman said. ''These guys out here are so good and Kirk Triplett is a magician around the greens. The odds of making that shot are probably not good, but you certainly expect him to hit a great shot and he did and it went in.''

Lehman and Langer missed birdie putts after Triplett holed out.

''I kind of felt like we both hit pretty good putts, misread them, both of them,'' Lehman said. ''I hit mine probably too hard and Bernhard's was too soft, but you have to hand it to the guys who hit the shot when they have to hit it.''


Full-field scores from the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf


Broadhurst and Triplett closed with a 6-under 48 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to match Langer and Lehman at 24 under. Langer and Lehman had a 47, playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.

The 56-year-old Triplett won his sixth PGA Tour Champions title.

''That's a big roller-coaster - three good shots and mine, right?'' Triplett said. ''I'm feeling a little dejected walking down that fairway there, a little sheepish. To knock it in it just reminds you, this game, you know, crazy stuff.''

Broadhurst claimed his third senior victory.

''I don't get too emotional, but that was something special,'' the 52-year-old Englishman said.

Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal had a 48 to tie for third with 2017 winners Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco. Singh and Franco, the third-round leaders, shot 50.

Mark Calcavecchia-Woody Austin (48), John Daly-Michael Allen (49), Steve Stricker-Jerry Kelly (50) and David Toms-Steve Flesch (52) tied for fifth at 20 under.