Monday Morning Golf Report

Feb. 22, 2010

Jay Haas opened the Champions Tour Alliance Championship in Boca Raton, Fla., with a sensational bogey-free 8-under 64 and would go on to finish tied for ninth at 13-under. It marked his best finish of the young season.

Haas shared the opening round lead with Tom Jenkins but slipped back to a tie for 12th after a 1-under 71 on Saturday. Despite a total of six birdies on Sunday, Haas wasn't able to make up enough ground to catch John Cook and Bernhard Langer, who both finished at 17-under par.

Jay Sigel was playing for the second-straight week and started-off with a solid 2-under 70 but came back with rounds of 71-75 to finish tied for 55th at even par. Curtis Strange also closed with a 75 on Sunday to finish tied for 66th at 3-over 219.

Gary Hallberg, playing in his first event of the year, finished 75th at 6-over par after rounds of 77-73-78 and Lanny Wadkins rounded out the group of former Deacons, finishing 78th.

Len Mattiace was also making his 2010 debut this past weekend at the PGA Tour's Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun. He opened with a solid even-par 71 on Thursday but followed it with a 6-over 77 on Friday and would miss the cut.

At the EGolf Tour's season-opening Palmetto Hall Championship last week on Hilton Head Island, former Deacons Cortland Lowe and Chris McCartin each played well and cashed their first checks of the year.

After making the cut with rounds of 75-73, Lowe carded a 69 in round three and a 2-under 70 in the final round to finish tied for 14th at 1-under par. McCartin also shot a 69 in round three and would finish tied for 32nd at 4-over. Chad Wilfong and Doug Manchester were also in the field but both missed the cut.

The tour will be right back in action this week at the Savannah Quarters Classic in Savannah, Ga. Lowe, McCartin and Manchester will all be in the field.

The PGA Tour will head to the TPC of Scottsdale for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Webb Simpson will resume his schedule this week in the desert while Bill Haas will take one more week off before returning at the Honda Classic on March 4.

The Champions Tour will also have this week off and will host the Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach CC in Newport Beach, Calif., on March 5-7.

This week will mark the start of the season for Kyle Reifers and Ron Whittaker on the Nationwide Tour. The duo will be in Republica De Panama for the Panama Claro Championship at the Panama Golf Club.

The LPGA Tour season officially got underway last weekend at the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand in Chonburi, Thailand. The tour will remain overseas for the HSBC Women's Champions this week and will open in the States on March 25, at the Kia Classic Presented by J Golf in Carlsbad, Calif.

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