|Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Defending Champion Jay Haas Visits Savannah For Media Day|
(Savannah, GA) - Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf defending champion and reigning Charles Schwab Cup champion, Jay Haas, met with local media today in Savannah and officially announced his plans to defend his title in April.
The Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf will celebrate its 30th anniversary this April 16-22 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Last year Haas became the first wire-to-wire winner of the Legends since the tournament became an official money event in 2002. The Greenville, SC resident fired rounds of 66-68-67 for a 54-hole total of 201
(-15) and a five-shot victory over Peter Jacobsen and Craig Stadler.
Haas, 53, won four times on the Champions Tour in 2006 en route to earning Player of the Year honors and capturing the season-long Charles Schwab Cup point race. The nine-time PGA TOUR winner also became the first player to win both the Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money-winner and the Charles Schwab Cup since Hale Irwin in 2002. With over $2.4 million in official earnings in 2006, Haas enjoyed his most lucrative year as a professional since joining the PGA TOUR in 1976.
Haas' victory in Savannah jump-started his year and was the first of three consecutive victories. The three-time U.S. Ryder Cup team member went on to capture the FedEx Kinko's Classic in Austin, TX the following week, and then collected his first major championship victory at the Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree GC in Edmond, OK in May. Haas added the sixth Champions Tour victory of his career at the Administaff Small Business Classic outside Houston, TX in October.
The former Wake Forest Demon Deacon has made it apparent he is intent on defending his Charles Schwab Cup title and retaining Player of the Year honors in 2007. Through the first four official Champions Tour events, Haas has posted three top-five finishes, including a pair of runner-up performances at the Allianz Championship and Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. He currently leads the Charles Schwab Cup points race as well as the Champions Tour official money list.
Tickets are on sale now at Kroger Super Markets throughout Savannah , GA , Waycross , GA , Augusta , GA , Hilton Head, SC, Myrtle Beach , SC and Beaufort SC starting at $25 for a daily pass ( The price of single day tickets increases to $30 at the gate) . Weeklong Legends Club passes are $75 ($65 for age 60+). Legends Club passes include admission into the Legends Club Pavilion Wednesday-Sunday. Tickets may also be purchased by calling toll free, 877-942-1123 or visiting the tournament's Web site at www.libertymutuallegends.pgatour.com