Haas records victory

first_imgHe had just one bogey for the tournament: the par-3, No. 8. But if there was any breakdown in his game, Haas turned it aside. He birdied No. 9 to make the turn at two under, then added three straight birdies on the back nine and gained a cushion that no one else would touch. “I don’t want to say I was comfortable,” Haas said. “But with a three- to four-shot lead, I didn’t want to do anything stupid.” The $247,500 victory was his first of the season and his fourth top 10 in six events. The 50-and-older tour seems to suit Haas quite well. He has won seven Champions titles in just more than three years. He won nine titles in 29 years on the PGA Tour. Eaks fired a final-round of 65, too, but it didn’t seem to matter much. He said he knew he was playing for second place after the 12th hole. “Every time I made a birdie, he made one on top of me,” Eaks said. “It really was something to watch. It’s such a pleasure to play with him because he makes you play better.” – Mark Reinhiller Calcavecchia wins PGA event: Mark Calcavecchia, ready to leave Innisbrook after opening with a 75, survived a wild swing in emotions and won the PODS Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., when Heath Slocum missed a 4-foot par putt on the final hole. Calcavecchia closed with a 1-under 70 and never lost the lead, but his stomach was churning the whole way around. He had a two-shot lead and stood over a 4-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole that he missed, then had to hang on for dear life. Ahead by one shot, ‘s 8-iron came up short of the 18th green, and he missed a 7-foot par putt. Slocum needed only to make par from 4 feet to force a playoff. The putt dipped in and out of the cup on the left side. Calcavecchia won for the 13th time in his career, and with $954,000 went over $20 million for his career. He finished at 10-under 274. Atwal allegedly involved in fatal crash: PGA Tour player Arjun Atwal is under investigation after police said what appeared to be a high-speed street race ended in a fatal crash near Orlando, Fla. Atwal was not injured in the accident Saturday at about 5:30p.m. The other driver, John Noah Park, 48, died at a hospital, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Kim Miller said. No charges have been filed against Atwal, the first player from India on the PGA Tour. Hayes hospitalized: J.P. Hayes withdrew from the PODS Championship and was taken to a hospital after complaining of minor chest pains and some dizziness. LPGA: Stacy Prammanasudh shot a 2-under 70 in the second round to pull within a stroke of leader Meaghan Francella in the MasterCard Classic, the rain-plagued LPGA Tour event set to finish today in Huixquilucan, Mexico. Calcavecchia European/Asian PGA: China’s Liang Wenchong won the Singapore Masters, beating Malaysia’s Iain Steel on the first playoff hole for his first title on the European or Asian tours. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s hard playing with the lead,” said Haas, who broke the tournament record of 17-under- par set by Hale Irwin in 2002. “It’s hard to be aggressive.” Haas shared the lead with fiveothers after Friday’s first round, and then gained a one-shot lead over Peter Jacobsen at 13under entering the final round. center_img Once Jay Haas earned a share of the Toshiba Classic lead after the opening round, it was apparent he enjoyed the view from the top. Haas put on an exhibition on how to play with a lead, going on to win the Champions Tour event Sunday in Newport Beach in record fashion with a 6-under 65 to finish 19-under 194, twoshots ahead of R.W. Eaks. last_img

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