Monday Morning Golf Report

Feb. 23, 2009

Scott Hoch, who was making his first start of the 2009 season, finished with a strong 7-under 65 in the final round of the Champions' Tour ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla., to lead a group of four former Deacons.

Hoch started the tournament a bit rocky, carding an 80 in the opening round but rebounded nicely with an even-par 72 on Saturday and a round on Sunday that included five birdies, an eagle and no bogies en route to a tie for 19th.

Jay Haas finished in a group two shots back at 3-over and tied for 29th after rounds of 69-76-74.

Lanny Wadkins made his 2009 debut over the weekend and posted rounds of 77-73-74 to finish tied for 53rd. Wadkins missed most of 2008 after back surgery but he is feeling much better and should see quite a bit of action on the Champions Tour this season.

Gary Hallberg was the fourth former Deacon playing this weekend and he finish 72nd.

At the PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open at Riviera, Bill Haas opened with a solid round of 2-under 69 but a 73 on Friday left him one shot outside the cut line. Despite the missed cut this weekend, Haas is off to a good start this season, posting a pair of top-15 finishes and making nearly $300,000 in just five starts.

The PGA Tour will hold the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship this week as well as the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun in Mexico.

The Champions Tour will take a week off before returning out west at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif.

After taking last week off both the LPGA and Nationwide tours will get back to action this weekend. The ladies are in Thailand for the Honda LPGA Thailand while the Nationwide Tour is also over seas at the Moonah Classic in Victoria, Australia.

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