By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There’s a new member in the 60 club on the Champions Tour.
No one has shot the magic 59 on the 50-and-over circuit (yet), but now there are eight 60s after Jay Haas fired a 10-under round on Friday at the par 70 Desert Mountain Cochise Course in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Haas shot 28 on the back nine, birdieing seven of nine holes. On the par-5 18th he needed eagle for 59 and was in the greenside bunker in two shots, but came up short with the bunker shot. He made the ensuing 6-footer for the 60. It’s his lowest round on the Champions Tour and the course record at Desert Mountain.
“I tried to stay aggressive, and I did all day,” said Haas, who knew exactly where he stood on 18.
Haas is 58 years old and has won two Schwab Cups, but has never won the season finale. He’s at 14 under and has a five-shot lead over Tom Lehman, who is chasing the Schwab Cup himself. He projects to overtake Bernhard Langer at the moment, as Langer is tied for fifth at 6 under.
The last 60 on the Champions Tour was last year, by Nick Price at the Toshiba Classic. Haas isn’t the oldest player to shoot the number; Walter Morgan did it at age 61 in 2002 at the AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship. The other five to do it: Isao Aoki, Bruce Fleisher, Jim Thorpe, Tom Purtzer and Craig Stadler.