Haas secures “really sweet” victory
Bill Haas held his nerve to claim his second US PGA Tour title at the Viking Classic in Mississippi on Sunday.
Bill Haas held his nerve when it mattered before surging away to claim his second US PGA Tour title by three strokes at the Viking Classic in Mississippi on Sunday.
Leading by four strokes overnight, Haas was far from his best early in the round and came under severe pressure from fellow American Michael Allen.
But Allen’s challenge faded with a double bogey at the par-four 13th, while back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th finally put Haas under par for his round and eased his nerves.
In the end Haas bogeyed the last to finish with a final-round, level-par 72, but Allen’s one under for his round was simply not enough.
Australia’s Nathan Green and Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe, joint second alongside Allen overnight, could not put any pressure on the leading pair.
De Jonge was level for his round to finish in a share of third alongside DJ Trahan, who shot a 69, while Green fell away badly, carding a three-over-par 75.
“I always said, after winning one, you want to win two,”Haas said afterwards.
“Now I want to win a third. And next week, I plan on playing, and we all start at even.
“I was kind of disappointed with the way the year ended up, you know, missing out on the Tour Championship. So to come here in the Fall Finish, basically to get another go at it and to come out on top here is really sweet.”
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