Haas wins third Rock Barn title|
Conover, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jay Haas fired a 5-under 66 on Sunday and he
won the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn for a third time.
Haas completed his 17th Champions Tour title at 17-under-par 196. He also won
this crown in 2005 and 2009. The 2005 victory was his first on the Champions
Tour, while this victory was his first since turning 60-years-old last
"I was pretty uptight all day long. I played pretty well, but a couple 3-putts
were costly," Haas admitted. "Kirk (Triplett) made a couple birdies coming in
and with him winning last week, I knew he was on a roll. The birdie at 17, I
won't forget that anytime soon."
Haas' total of 196 set a new tournament scoring record. The old mark of 197
was set in 2011 by Mark Wiebe and James Mason, then tied a year later by
Michael Allen and Olin Browne.
Joe Durant and Triplett, last week's SAS Championship winner, both shot 66 in
the final round to share second place at minus-15.
David Frost posted a 3-under 68 to grab fourth place at 13-under-par 200. John
Cook closed with a 66 and ended one stroke further back at minus-12.
Stephen Ames fired a 6-under 65 and jumped 11 spots into a share of sixth at
11-under-par 202. He was joined there by Wayne Levi (69), Paul Goydos (67),
Skip Kendall (66) and Doug Garwood (66).
Haas followed a birdie at the second with a 4-foot birdie putt on No. 3. After
a pair of pars, he made another 4-footer for birdie at the sixth to move to
15-under, where he joined Durant in the lead.
Durant had birdied five in a row from the second, but he played the final 12
holes in even-par.
Around the turn, Haas dropped his approach at the 10th inside three feet and
kicked that in for birdie and the lead. He faltered to a 3-putt bogey at the
12th to dip back into a tie for the lead.
Haas came right back with a short birdie effort on the 13th to regain the
lead. He ran off three pars in a row from the 14th. Haas moved two shots ahead
thanks to a 16-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th. He parred the last to seal
"This is certainly the cherry on top. I've played really, really well all year
long. I've had a few chances to win. That shot at 17, I didn't do that a few
times when I had a chance," said Haas. "Just to know that I can still do it is
pretty incredible, and here in Hickory, sight of my first win, it is even more
Durant followed his five straight birdies with eight pars in a row. After
tripping to a bogey on the 15th, he birdied the last to share second.
Triplett got off to a quick start with birdies on the first and third. He also
birdied the sixth to move to 13-under. Back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 got
Triplett within one of the lead. He parred the final three to end along side
NOTES: Haas earned $240,000 for the win ... Prior to this, his last victory
was at the 2012 Principal Charity Classic ... The Champions Tour heads to
Texas next week for the AT&T Championship, where Kenny Perry birdied the first
playoff hole last year to beat Bernhard Langer.
10/19 18:04:10 ET