Principal Charity Classic: Final-Round NotebookJune 10, 2007
By Dave Senko PGA TOUR Staff
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- With his victory in the Principal Charity Classic Sunday, Jay Haas earns his third win in 14 starts in 2007. He also won the Toshiba Classic and the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf earlier this year.
• Haas' victory was the ninth in his Champions Tour career in just his 48th career start. Hale Irwin, the all-time leaders in victories on the Champions Tour with 45, did not win his ninth tournament until his 49th start.
PRINCIPAL CHARITY CLASSIC FINAL LEADERBOARD Player Score 1. Jay Haas 65-67-69--201 -12 T2. R.W. Eaks 72-68-64--204 -9 T2. Brad Bryant 72-65-67--204 -9 T4. Mark James 67-70-68--205 -8 T4. Jay Sigel 72-66-67--205 -8 T4. David Edwards 67-68-70--205 -8 T7. Hale Irwin 73-66-68--207 -6 T7. Morris Hatalsky 70-68-69--207 -6 T7. Denis Watson 69-67-71--207 -6
• The win was worth $240,000 for Haas and pushed his season earnings to $1,500,658 and $5,461,458 on the Champions Tour. His all-time earnings now total $19,901,774.
• Haas earned 240 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race to increase his season-leading total to 1,455 points. He leads runner-up Denis Watson (1,121) by 324 points. Brad Bryant is third with 947 points. Loren Roberts (922) and Eduardo Romero (844) are fourth and fifth, respectively.
• Haas' victory makes him the second wire-to-wire winner in this event, joining D.A. Weibring in 2004. Haas is also the second wire-to-wire winner in 2007. Fred Funk led all the way at the Turtle Bay Championship.
• Massy Kuramoto matched John Bland's (2002) tournament record when he closed with an 8-under-par 63 on Sunday. It matched his best round on the Champions Tour (2006 Boeing Greater Seattle Classic/Rd. 1) and allowed him to jump 25 spots in the final standings from a T63 start to a T38 finish.
• Kuramoto wasn't the only player making a significant move the final day. Andy Bean shot a 7-under-par 64 to move from T48 to a T10 finish, a move of 38 spots. Bean also led all players with 27 one-putts for the tournament.
• Hale Irwin, who celebrated his 62nd birthday on June 3, continues to shine in 2007. Irwin bounced back from an opening-round 2-over-par 73 with weekend rounds of 66-68 to finish T7. It was his 7th top-10 finish in 12 starts this year, one more top-10 finish than he recorded in all of 2006. Irwin also failed to have a three-putt in his round, pushing his streak to 180 holes without a three-putt.
• Denis Watson remains one of the hottest golfers on the Champions Tour. He finished T7 for his fourth consecutive top-10 finish, including a win at the Senior PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
• The final scoring average for the tournament was 71.404, more than a stroke higher than last year's average of 70.155.
• Brad Bryant claimed his fourth top-3 finish of the year thanks to birdies on three of the final four holes to finish T2. It earned him a check for $128,000 and pushed his season earnings over $1 million ($1,002,991) for the second straight year.
• The most difficult hole at the Principal Charity Classic in 2007 was No. 17 with an average score of 4.351, while No. 15 was the easiest at 4.604.
• Sixty-three-year-old Jay Sigel's T4 finish was his best in 2007, and it marked his highest finish since the 2004 Allianz Championship, when he was also T4.
• The Edwards brothers and success in central Iowa seem to go hand-in-hand. For the second straight year, the pair claimed top-10 finishes. David finished T4 and Danny finished T10. They were each T10 in 2006. It marked the third time in their Champions Tour careers when they each had top-10 finishes. They also did it at last year's Regions Charity Classic near Birmingham, Ala.
• Five players over the age of 60 finished in the top 10 -- Irwin, Sigel, Bruce Summerhays, Dave Stockton and Vicente Fernandez. It was Summerhays' second top-10 effort this year (T10 at AT&T Champions Classic), but the first for Stockton and Fernandez. Stockton's last top-10 in 2005 at Boeing Greater Seattle Classic (T9), while the last for Fernandez was in February 2006 at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am (T4).
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