Haas triumphs with record score

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Jay Haas started like a damp squib, but then rocketed away to a 65 and a record victory in the Greater Hickory Classic.

Jay Haas started like a damp squib, but then rocketed away to a seven-under 65 on Sunday that gave him victory in the Greater Hickory Classic in a tournament record score.

Nick Price, who had reeled him in and caught him at the top of the leaderboard after the third round, went the other way, however.
He slipped back to joint fourth place with Hal Sutton with a closing 68 on a day when the Robert Trent Jones course at the Rock Barn Golf Club and Spa in North Carolina took a beating from the other four players who finished in the top five.

Apart from Haas, who finished with an 18-under 198 that broke the event’s 54-hole tournament record set by RW Eaks in 2007, both of the runners-up, Andy Bean and Russ Cochran, as well as Sutton all shot closing 65s.

The victory which made Haas the second repeat winner of this seven-year-old tournament and established him as a 13-time winner on the 50-and-over Champions Tour, came from out of the blue, he revealed.

“I didn’t see it coming, certainly not a couple weeks ago,” he told the media, explaining that he had been receiving treatment for tendinitis in his right elbow and had not played on the Tour in over a month.

As we have so often seen – beware the injured golfer!

ALL THE FINAL ROUND SCORES
(USA unless stated, par 72):

198 Jay Haas 62 71 65
200 Andy Bean 67 68 65, Russ Cochran 67 68 65
201 Nick Price (Zim) 66 67 68, Hal Sutton 67 69 65
203 Jeff Sluman 67 69 67, Mark McNulty (Irl) 67 69 67, Bob Tway 69 67 67
205 Gene Jones 68 68 69, David Frost (Rsa) 68 68 69, Larry Nelson 69 68 68
206 Gil Morgan 65 70 71, Tom Jenkins 66 72 68, Fred Funk 69 67 70, James Mason 71 69 66, Dan Forsman 67 70 69, Scott Simpson 70 67 69, Olin Browne 70 67 69, David Eger 70 68 68
207 Mark Wiebe 67 71 69
208 Brad Bryant 70 67 71, John Cook 71 69 68, Bruce Vaughan 68 72 68, Craig Stadler 71 67 70, Lonnie Nielsen 68 68 72, Tim Simpson 70 67 71, Bobby Wadkins 67 70 71, Jerry Pate 66 74 68
209 Joe Ozaki (Jpn) 70 66 73, Chris Starkjohann 68 70 71
210 D A Weibring 70 74 66, Joey Sindelar 69 74 67, Tom Kite 70 68 72, John Harris 69 72 69, Mark James (Eng) 69 71 70
211 Jim Thorpe 68 69 74, Chip Beck 72 69 70, Mike Reid 70 72 69, Bob Gilder 70 73 68, Don Pooley 70 69 72, Steve Thomas 67 72 72, Wayne Levi 70 71 70
212 Bruce Summerhays 72 69 71, Keith Clearwater 70 72 70, Sandy Lyle (Sco) 73 70 69
213 Tom Purtzer 72 66 75, Keith Fergus 73 68 72, Morris Hatalsky 74 68 71
214 Jack Ferenz 70 72 72, Walter Hall 71 71 72, Mike Goodes 71 73 70, Ronnie Black 68 70 76
216 Phil Blackmar 71 70 75
217 Fulton Allem (Rsa) 68 73 76, Tom Wargo 71 75 71, Jay Don Blake 74 71 72
218 Larry Mize 68 76 74
219 Bruce Fleisher 77 69 73, Mark W Johnson 72 73 74, John Morse 74 72 73, Jim Colbert 72 75 72, Leonard Thompson 78 70 71
220 Gary Hallberg 72 72 76, Bruce Lietzke 76 71 73, Denis Watson (Zim) 70 74 76
221 Jay Sigel 71 74 76, R.W. Eaks 69 75 77, Dave Eichelberger 69 74 78
222 J.C Snead 72 76 74, Javier Sanchez 72 74 76, Blaine McCallister 72 77 73
224 Mike Hulbert 77 74 73
225 Mike McCullough 76 76 73
227 Lee Trevino 73 75 79, Lanny Wadkins 76 76 75
235 Gibby Gilbert 75 78 82, Jim Dent 79 77 79

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