Principal Charity Classic: Final-Round Notebook

June 01, 2008
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- With his victory, Jay Haas earns a check for $258,750 and moves into the lead in the season-long money race with $1,346,280. Bernhard Langer is now second with $1,251,128.

Inside the Numbers
Final Leaderboard
Player Score
1. Jay Haas 203 -10
2. Andy Bean 204 -9
3. Nick Price 205 -8
4. Joey Sindelar 206 -7
T5. Loren Roberts 207 -6
T5. John Morse 207 -6
T5. Ron Streck 207 -6
T5. John Cook 207 -6
T5. Tom Purtzer 207 -6
T5. Kirk Hanefeld 207 -6
T5. Bobby Wadkins 207 -6

• The victory also earned Haas 259 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race and moves into first place in that race as well ahead of Bernhard Langer. Haas now leads with 1,671 points, 258 ahead of Langer (1,413). Scott Hoch is third with 1,028 points and Denis Watson and Tom Watson round out the top five with 669 and 633 points, respectively. The program offers $2.1 million in tax-deferred annuity payouts to the five leading finishers, with the winner receiving a $1-million annuity.

• The victory was the second in 2008 for Haas and the 12th in his Champions Tour career. It also marked the fourth straight year he has posted multiple victories in a season.

• With his win at last week's Senior PGA Championship, this marked the third time in Haas' career he has won back-to-back events. Last year he won this event and the Bank of America Championship in consecutive starts, while in 2006 he won three straight starts -- Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, FedEx Kinko's Classic and the Senior PGA Championship.

Jay Haas won't have much time to enjoy his victory. Shortly after meeting with the media on Sunday evening, he was en route to Columbus, Ohio, to play in a 36-hole qualifier for the U.S. Open at the Ohio State University Golf Course (Scarlet Course). Should Haas qualify, he would earn a berth in this year's Open at Torrey Pines, site of Haas' first PGA TOUR victory in 1978 at the Andy Williams San Diego Open Invitational.

• If the name of a course has Oak in it, you can be assured Jay Haas will enjoy some success. He has seven career wins on courses with some form of Oak in it: 2008 Principal Charity Classic at Glen Oaks CC, 2008 Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill CC, 2007 Principal Charity Classic at Glen Oaks CC, 2006 Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree GC, 2005 SBC Championship at Oak Hills CC, 1993 H-E-B Texas Open at Oak Hills CC and 1982 Texas Open at Oak Hills CC

Andy Bean continues to be one of hotter players on the Champions Tour. In his last four starts he tied for fourth in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (w/Jerry Pate), won the Regions Charity Classic, tied for 13th at the Senior PGA Championship and second on Sunday. Bean shot a 4-under-par 67 on Sunday. Bean made a 26-foot, 7-inch putt to save par at No. 18 and grab sole possession of second place.

Nick Price's third-place finish gave him six straight top-10 finishes in 2008 and he has already earned $619,164 in 2008, surpassing his 2007 total of $445,792.

• No surprise on the most difficult hole at the Glen Oaks CC. Once again, No. 17 proved to be the most difficult with an average score of 4.322/+.322 for the event. There were just 10 birdies during the event and only two on Sunday. Lonnie Nielsen and Jim Thorpe made birdies in the final round. Since the event has been played at Glen Oaks, there have been 136 birdies and 524 bogeys or worse. The easiest hole for the event was No. 9 once again with an average of 4.481/-.519.

• The final-round scoring average was 70.909 and overall the field averaged 71.107 for the 54 holes. In 2007, the field averaged 71.404.

Andy Bean was the only player to finish with three rounds in the 60s. Bean also led all players with 17 birdies.

John Morse and Ron Streck, both of whom open qualified, earned spots in the Bank of America Championship (June 16-22) in Massachusetts by virtue of their top-10 finishes. Both tied for fifth, as was Kirk Hanefeld, but Streck and Morse earned the two available spots after shooting 67s on Sunday, while Hanefeld shot a 70. Only two players not currently eligible for the next event earn berths with a top-10 finish. In the event of a tie, ties are broken by final-round scores.

• D.A. Weibring had a nice comeback from an opening-round 3-over-par 74. Weibring posted rounds of 67-68 to finish tied for 16th.

• A week after finishing tied for third at the Senior PGA Championship, Joey Sindelar finished fourth in Iowa on Sunday.