January 11, 1989 |
In other years, Jay Haas had the feeling he was playing practice rounds in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He wasn't paired with celebrities and he and his playing partners virtually had a course to themselves. "It's kind of nice not to be at a course where the celebrities are, because when you play other courses you don't have to worry about traffic," Haas said. "It doesn't even seem like a tournament. Nobody is watching you." Haas will be a prime-time player, though, starting today.
October 2, 2009 |
Tom Watson credited skillful iron play for his efficient four-under-par 66 in the opening round of the Senior Players Championship at Timonium, Md. It was his putter, however, that set the tone. Watson saved par with an eight-footer on the first hole Thursday, then dropped in a 25-foot downhill birdie putt on No. 2. He made his only bogey on 13 and finished tied with Jay Haas in second place behind unheralded Lonnie Nielsen , who had eight birdies and three bogeys in an up-and-down 65. Sandy Lyle shot a 67, and four golfers, including Bob Tway and Dan Forsman , were tied for fifth at 68. Watson stepped back into prominence in July when he finished second in the British Open.
June 18, 2004 |
Opening day at the 104th United States Open played more like a mad scramble. Dawn broke at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club with pea soup fog, which gave way to benign conditions, which gave way to a severe afternoon storm, a 2-hour and 12-minute delay, resumption of play and then, ta-da, more soup. Play was suspended for good at 7:40 p.m. because of fog, with 19 groups still on the course and a cloudy leaderboard that might best be described as cumulus nuttiness.
June 20, 2004
'Most kids can beat their dads, but I can't beat mine.' Bill Haas, whose opening-round 73 was seven strokes behind Jay Haas, his father, when play was suspended for the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday
March 12, 2007 |
Jay Haas watched the ball hang on the lip of the cup at the 10th hole, teasing him for about eight seconds. Then, as it had been throughout the Toshiba Classic, everything rolled his way. It was about the only thing that hung in doubt during the final round Sunday at the Newport Beach Country Club. Haas, 53, finished with a six-under-par 65 to set a 72-hole tournament record at 19 under. R.W.
January 19, 1996 |
Golf is a game that likes to deal in "bests." Even negative ones. For instance, it concerns itself with such quasi-stats as, "Who is the best player never to win a tournament?" That would be Bobby Wadkins, hands down. Then the game would concern itself with "Who is the best player never to win a major?" That, for years, was Tom Kite. Then, he won the U.S. Open in 1992 and the mantle descended to Corey Pavin. Then Pavin won the Open last year and the title was vacant.