Monday Morning Golf Report
April 20, 2009
Jay Haas led a group of six former Deacons with a sixth place finish at the Outback Steackhouse Pro-Am in Tampa, Fla., this past weekend.
Haas put himself into contention after a pair of 68s in the first two rounds. He came into the final round tied for second but a 1-over 72 on Sunday dashed his hopes of his first win this season.
Despite the finish, it was Haas' fourth top-6 finish of the young season and puts him fifth on the money list.
Scott Hoch fired a solid round of 2-under 69 on Sunday to jump 14 spots into a tie for 16th. The top-20 finish was his third of the year in just five starts.
After a rough opening round, Leonard Thompson cameback with a solid weekend finish. He shot an even-par 71 on Saturday and a 1-under 70 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 57th.
Gary Hallberg and Curtis Strange each finished in a tie for 67th with 54-hole totals of 226. Strange struggled in the opening two rounds but made a total of six birdies in his round on Sunday to post a 4-under 67.
Jay Sigel rounded out the Demon Deacon contingent with a tie for 70th after a pair of 73s on the weekend.
At the Nationwide Tour's Athens Regional Foundation Classic, Len Mattiace opened with a solid round of 70 but slipped back to a tie for 48th after rounds of 73 on Friday and Saturday.
On Sunday, Mattiace birdied his first four holes and wound up with a total of nine birdies on the day. He finished with a round of 5-under 67 and tied for 24th.
Kyle Reifers finished the tournament tied for 39th after an up and down Sunday. He opened his day with a birdie at No.1 and an eagle at the par-5 second. However, a triple at No. 7 and double-bogies at Nos. 9 and 13 dropped him to four-over for the round. Reifers then continued the roller coaster round with three-straight birdies on 14, 15 and 16 to finish with a 73.
At the PGA Tour's Verizon Heritage, Brian Gay lapped the field winning by a whopping ten shots. Unfortunately, former Deacons Webb Simpson, Bill Haas and Billy Andrade weren't able to hang around for Gay's show on the weekend. The LPGA Tour was off this past week but will get going again at the Corona Championship in Mexico this week.
The PGA Tour heads to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans while the Nationwide Tour stays in Georgia for the South Georgia Classic. The Champions Tour will also be in Georgia next week for the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, an event where pros pair up in a unique format.
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