Haas Looks Toward Champions Now

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 4, 2005, 4:00 pm
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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    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

    McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

    That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

    “I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”


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    McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

    Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

    “I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

    “So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

    McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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    Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

    Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

    His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

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    Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

    Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

    Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.


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    “I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

    “Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

    Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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    Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

    Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

    His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

    We compiled some of their missives below:

    Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.