Oohs And Aahs For Jay Haas
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA |
There was a time
when on the Champions Tour players hit a wall
at age 55. No more. Jay Haas proved there is
life after 55 by winning the Principal Charity
Classic for the third time in his career.
Haas, 58, shot a final-round 66 to win by
five shots for his first victory of 2012 and his
first victory since last August at the 3M Cham-
pionship. It was his 16th career victory on the
Champions Tour. He won $262,500 of the $1.75
million purse at the Principal Charity Classic.
Haas finished 54 holes at 16-under 197 at
the Glen Oaks CC, five better than Kirk Triplett
and Larry Mize.
Haas had five top- 10 finishes in nine pre-
vious starts on this year’s Champions Tour
Jay Haas, seen here at the 2012 Senior PGA Championship, won the Principal Charity Classic for the third time in his career.
schedule, but had come off a disappointing tie
for 29th at the Senior PGA Championship, the
year’s first Champions Tour major. The second
major is this week at the Regions Tradition at
Shoal Creek CC, near Birmingham, Ala.
Haas started the day with a three-shot lead
on Mize after rounds of 66-65 and maintained
his lead, even in the face of Triplett moving up
the leaderboard. Triplett was nine back of Haas
at the beginning of the day and blitzed Glen
Oaks with a 9-under 62 to post 11 under early
in the afternoon.
Mize got as close as two when he made three
consecutive birdies around the turn, starting at
the eighth, to get to 11 under. But Haas closed out
the tournament late with a run of birdies of his
own, three in a row at the 14th, 15th and 16th, to
open a six-shot lead with two holes to play.
Haas was two behind after Mike Goodes’
7-under 64 in the first round and took the lead
for good with a 65 on Saturday, which included
a 5-under 30 on the front nine that was capped
with an eagle at the par- 5 ninth.
Mize shot 68 in the final round to tie for second
with Triplett, who had his best Champions Tour
finish. Fred Funk climbed the leaderboard on
Sunday with a 66 to tie for fourth with Tom
Lehman at 10-under 203. Lehman shot 68.
Andrew Magee, in his second start on the
Champions Tour, shot three 68s to finish sixth
at 9 under. David Eger tied for Sunday’s low
round with a 65 and tied for seventh with Jeff
Freeman and Kenny Perry. Freeman shot 67
and Perry had 68.
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