Monday Morning Golf Report

March 16, 2009

Jay Haas carded rounds of 67-69-70 to finish one-shot out of a playoff at the AT&T Champions Classic in Valencia, Calif., this past weekend.

Haas came into the final round in third place and was just two shots off the lead. He opened the final round with eight pars before birdies on holes 9, 10 and 15 got him into a share of the lead. However, a bogey on the penultimate hole left him one shot back of Dan Forsman and Don Pooley. Forsman would win the playoff on the first extra hole.

This was Haas' second third place finish of the season and he is now seventh on the Champions Tour money list.

Gary Hallberg also played this weekend in Valencia and he recorded his best finish of the season, a tie for 25th. He carded a final round 2-under 70 which included six birdies.

Scott Hoch tied with Hallberg at 2-under for the tournament after rounds of 71-71-72. Hoch has recorded a pair of top-25 finishes in three starts this season.

Jay Sigel was the fourth former Deacon in the field and he had an up-and-down weekend. After an 82 in the opening round, he responded with a 3-under 69 on Saturday but wrapped things up with a 76 on Sunday to finish 72nd.

Billy Andrade was the only player in action at the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open this past weekend. He carded rounds of 72-75 but would miss the cut by 4-shots.

At the Nationwide Tour's Michael Hill New Zealand Open, Kyle Reifers made his second cut of the season and would finish tied for 29th. He opened with a pair of 70s to make the cut at 4-under and finished up on the weekend with rounds of 69-72 to finish at 7-under.

Len Mattiace and Ron Whittaker also teed it up this past weekend in New Zealand but both players would fall victim to the cut.

The PGA Tour remains in Florida for the Transitions Championship at the Innisbrook resort while the Nationwide Tour will take a week off before returning to the states for the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.

Like the Nationwide Tour, the Champions Tour will be off until March 27, where it will host The Cap Cana Championship in the Dominican Republic.

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