Round 3 Notebook: Principal Charity Classic

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June 03, 2012
Dave Senko, Champions Tour Staff

Weather: Partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-80s. Winds were from the S at 10-15 mph.

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Jay Haas tied the tournament record with a 16-under total of 197 and posted a tournament-record five-stroke victory over Larry Mize and Kirk Triplett. Mize cut Haas' lead to two strokes with consecutive birdies at Nos. 8, 9 and 10, but Haas birdied No. 11 to increase his lead to three strokes. He effectively put it away with consecutive birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16 for his 16thcareer win

• With his win, Jay Haas claims his third title in the Principal Charity Classic, becoming the 16th different player to win a Champions Tour tournament three times or more. He is the first to accomplish this since Jim Thorpe in 2007 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

• Haas' streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt ended at 182 when he three-putted No. 9 on Sunday.

• The winner of the last 20 Champions Tour events has now come from the final group. The last time it didn't happen was in early July, 2011 when Jeff Sluman rallied to win the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Jeff Sluman was in the third-to-last grouping going into the final round.

• With his victory, Haas claims his 16th career victory on the Champions Tour which places him 15th on the all-time victory list.

• At age 58 years, 6 months, 1 day, Haas is the oldest winner on the Champions Tour since Bob Gilder won here a year ago at 60 years, 6 months and 5 days.

• In his TOUR career, Haas has enjoyed success on courses with the name "Oak" in it. Here is a rundown on his eight career wins on courses with some form of Oak in it.

2012 Principal Charity Classic..........Glen Oaks CC (Champions Tour) 2008 Principal Charity Classic..........Glen Oaks CC (Champions Tour) 2008 Senior PGA Championship.....Oak Hill CC (Champions Tour) 2007 Principal Charity Classic....Glen Oaks CC (Champions Tour) 2006 Senior PGA Championship....Oak Tree GC (Champions Tour) 2005 SBC Championship.........Oak Hills CC (Champions Tour) 1993 H-E-B Texas Open......Oak Hills CC (PGA TOUR) 1982 Texas Open...................Oak Hills CC (PGA TOUR)

• Haas' 54-hole total of 16-under-par 197 matched the Principal Charity Classic 54-hole tournament record which was set in 2006 by Gil Morgan. His 5-stroke victory was the largest margin of victory in tournament history, breaking Nick Price's mark set in 2010.

• Haas earns $262,500 with his win and moves into fourth place on the 2012 money list with $640,525 and goes over $27 million in career earnings.

• Haas also earned 263 Charles Schwab Cup points and jumped into fifth place in that race with 566 points. Michael Allen leads with 923 points followed by John Cook (789), Bernhard Langer (761) and Roger Chapman (756).

• Despite seeing his streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt come to a halt, Jay Haas still led all players in putts per round at 26.33. After one-putting 24 of 36 holes through the first two rounds, Haas had just six one putts on Sunday.

Kirk Triplett set a new course and tournament record when he closed with a 9-under 62. Triplett's round included nine birdies and no bogeys. His career low round on the PGA TOUR was a 9-under 61 in the third round at the 2000 Canon Greater Hartford Open. This was just Triplett's fourth tournament since joining the Champions Tour in April.

• Former University of Iowa star Lonnie Nielsen made a nice showing in the tournament. The former Hawkeye, who was in the field on a sponsor exemption, finished T10 which earned him a berth in the Montreal Championship later this month.

Jeff Freeman, the medalist at last fall's Champions Tour's National Qualifying Tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz., finished T7 in just his third start on Tour.

Mark Wiebe matched Fred Couples' season-best run of six consecutive birdies in a round when he made consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 9-14. Couples had done so at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Wiebe fired a 6-under-par 65 which helped him finish T10.

• The final-round scoring average was 70.397, the lowest of the three rounds. It was 70.494 on Friday and 71.885 on Saturday.

• The most difficult hole for the tournament was No. 14 with an average score of 3.228 (+.228). The easiest remained No. 9 with an average score of 4.582 (-.418).

• Haas and Triplett led all players with 17 birdies, one more than Kenny Perry and Fred Funk.

Andrew Magee had the longest measured drive in the tournament -- 367 yards -- in the second round.

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