Round 3 notebook: Greater Hickory Classic

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September 20, 2009
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

• Here is the final leaderboard:

1. Jay Haas (198/-18) T2. Russ Cochran & Andy Bean (200/-16) T4. Nick Price & Hal Sutton (201/-15) T6. Jeff Sluman, Mark McNulty & Bob Tway (203/-13).

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• Haas birdied five of the last six holes to pull away from a crowded leaderboard for his two stroke-win.

• With his victory, Haas won for the first time in 2009 and has now won at least one event for the five straight years.

• Haas' 18-under-par total of 198 was a new tournament standard, breaking R.W. Eaks' record of 17-under-par 199 set in 2007.

• Haas' victory was the 13th of his career and his second in this tournament. He also won in 2005 which was his first victory on the Champions Tour. The win ended a winless string of 26 events on the Champions Tour for him.

• Haas earned a first-place check for $262,500 which pushed his 2009 earnings past the $1 million mark for the fourth consecutive year. He is now 7th on the money list with $1,029,145.

• Haas earned 263 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race, jumping 10 spots from 20th coming into the tournament to 10th place with 785 points.

Fred Funk was unable to pick up any points in the Charles Schwab Cup race, finishing T12. However, he still maintained his 57-point edge on Loren Roberts (2,109 to 2,052) since Roberts did not play this week. Bernhard Langer remains third with 1,734 points. Larry Mize (1,205) and Joey Sindelar (1,086) round out the top five. Funk's two-stroke penalty on Friday for hitting another player's club cost him a chance to add 49 points to his total. He would have finished ninth without the penalty.

• Cochran made a nice jump on the yearly money list with his T2 finish. He earned $140,000 which pushed his season total to $457,336 and moved him from 41st to 28th and closer to a possible berth in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma, Calif.

• Bean made eagle on the final hole which was instrumental in a T2 finish, his fourth such finish in 2009. He and Mark O'Meara each have four runner-up finishes in 2009. Bean also went over the $1 million mark in 2009 earnings thanks to his finish. He now has $1,001,578, the third time in his career he has surpassed that figure.

• Sutton closed with a 7-under-par 65 and finished T4, his third top-five finish in 2009. He moved from 39th to 29th on the money list with his effort.

• So far in 2009, no player over the age of 55 has won a tournament and only seven of 20 Saturday leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this year.

David Frost shot three successive rounds in the 60s to finish T9 in his Champions Tour debut.

• Current money leader Langer finished T5 in defense of his title at the Casa Serena Open in Prague on Sunday. He'll return to action at the upcoming Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship near Baltimore (Sept. 28-Oct. 4).

• The field scoring average was 70.845, the lowest average in tournament history. The most difficult hole was No. 11 and the easiest was No. 18. There were eight eagles and 118 birdies on the final hole. Surprisingly, both the front and back nine played amazingly close. The field averaged 35.425 on the front and 35.421 on the back.

Tim Simpson, who started the day bogey-free after 36 holes, made his first bogey at No. 1, but went then played bogey-free over his final 17 holes. He finished T21.

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