Haas in Position for First Win in Florida

By Sports NetworkJune 2, 2007, 4:00 pm
2006 Boeing ChampionshipSANDESTIN, Fla. -- Jay Haas, the reigning Champions Tour Player of the Year, shot a 6-under 65 on Saturday to move in front after two rounds of The Boeing Championship at Sandestin.
Haas, who has never won in his entire career in the state of Florida, finished 36 holes at 13-under-par 139 and is one clear at the Raven Golf Club at Sandestin.
Overnight co-leader Tom Purtzer managed a 3-under 67 and is alone in second place at minus-12. His fellow first-round leader, Eduardo Romero, was one shot worse on Saturday with a two-under 68 and came in third at 11-under- par 131.
Loren Roberts was one behind until a horrible double-bogey at the closing hole. He shot a 4-under 67 to join last week's Senior PGA champion Denis Watson (67) and Brad Bryant (67) in fourth place at minus-10.
Haas started slowly with only one birdie in his first five holes, a 12-footer at the third. He added another birdie at six, then did not collect his next birdie until the par-5 11th, when he two-putted from the fringe. That birdie got Haas to 10 under par for the championship.
At that point, Haas trailed Purtzer and Romero, who were both at 12 under par. That did not last long as Purtzer hit a horrible approach at 13 that stopped well left of the green. Purtzer bogeyed the hole to fall back to minus-11, but both he and Romero would tumble further down the leaderboard.
One hole later, Romero drove into the water and Purtzer went through the fairway on the right side. Romero could do no better than double-bogey, while Purtzer made his second consecutive bogey and now Haas assumed control.
Haas, the leading money earner so far this season on the elder circuit, hit a pitching-wedge to 6 feet to set up a birdie at the 15th. He tallied back-to-back birdies when his 35-footer at the par-3 16th found the bottom of the cup.
Haas added one more birdie when he two-putted from the back fringe at 17. He parred 18 to post his 13-under-par score.
'I probably played better today than yesterday,' said Haas, who owns two wins this season on the Champions Tour. 'I hit better shots today and managed to get it around.
'My mindset will be aggressive. I'll have to play well. The pins will be in some tough spots. I won't be thinking about not winning in Florida before.'
Purtzer rebounded from the mistakes in the middle of the back nine. He landed in the front bunker off the tee at 15 and blasted out to three feet, where he holed the birdie putt.
At the 17th, he too found the back fringe with his second and Purtzer two-putted for a birdie to get within one of Haas' lead.
'The bogeys I made were unforced errors,' said Purtzer, who has also never won in Florida in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event. 'Anytime you're chasing Jay, it will be tough. You have to do your best.'
Mark James carded a 7-under 64 and is alone in seventh place at 9-under-par 133. David Eger (64), Mark McNulty (66), James Mason (67) and Massy Kuramoto (67) are knotted in eighth place at minus-8.
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    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

    Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

    “Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

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    Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

    With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

    “The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

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    7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

    4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

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    8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

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    Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

    1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.