Jay Haas shoots 60 in Champions Tour finale
By John Nicholson, AP
November 4, 2012, 12:04 am TWN
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona--Jay Haas matched the Champions Tour record with a 10-under 60 to take a five-stroke lead on Friday in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
The 58-year-old Haas made a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th after hitting his second shot into a greenside bunker and leaving his eagle blast short. He is 14-under 126 for the tournament.
Haas became the eighth player in the history of the 50-and-over tour to shoot 60, breaking the course record on Desert Mountain's Cochise layout.
Tom Lehman was second after a 63, moving into position to win the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points race. Bernhard Langer, 211 points ahead of second-place Lehman, was tied for fifth at 6 under after a 65.
Haas' playing partner Fred Couples was third at 8 under after a 66.
“It was just a very magical day for me,” Haas said. “I had a great pairing. I love playing with Freddie ... It was a wonderful day. One of those that you don't want to end.”
“I can't remember another time that I've had a chance to shoot a 59. I was thinking about it without question. I hit a decent bunker shot. It stopped a little quicker for me than I thought.”
He closed with a 7-under 28 on the back nine to finish a stroke off the tour's nine-hole record.
“Wow! What a round he had,” Couples said about Haas. “I had a good time, 4-under par. I'm not going to complain, but when a guy is shooting 10 under it seems like you're shooting 80.”
Haas, a nine-time PGA Tour winner, won the Principal Charity Classic in Iowa in June for his 16th victory on the senior tour.
“The course is magnificent,” Haas said. “The fairways are like carpets. The greens are perfect. So, if you hit a poor shot, it's my fault.”