Monday Morning Golf Report
Aug. 24, 2009
Bill Haas came to Greensboro for the Wyndham Championship last week and turned in one of his best performances of the year in front of a number of the Wake Forest faithful. Haas finished tied for 10th and heads into the PGA Tour Playoffs in 82nd place in the FedEx Cup standings.
He opened with a stellar round of 8-under 62, which tied the tournament record for lowest first round score.
Haas played ten holes on Thursday before the round was suspended by darkness. He then came back on Friday and birdied five of his eight holes to finish with a 62.
The putts didn't fall as easily in the second round on Friday afternoon as he carded a 1-under 69 and was tied for fourth heading into Saturday.
Saturday was another wet day at Sedgefield Country Club as two different storm systems rolled through the area, stopping play and dumping a ton of water on the course. Haas made it through 10 holes of his third round on Saturday before he ran out of daylight.
On Sunday morning, the 2003 graduate finished his final eight holes of the third round at 2-under par to post a 66. He started the final round alone in third place and played in the final pairing with Chris Riley and Sergio Garcia.
He opened the final round with a bogey at No. 2 and then made a nice birdie at the downhill seventh to get back to even par for the day. At the turn, he trailed Garcia by three-shots and after a birdie at 11 and a couple of pars at 13 and 14, Haas was too off the pace standing on the tee at the par-5 15th.
Haas nailed his drive at No. 15 and hit his second shot to the par-5 over the green. His chip didn't turn out the way he had hoped and he then missed the birdie putt. A three-putt at the next hole, the par-3 16th, all but dashed Haas' hopes of a title.
He finished with pars at 17 and 18 to card an even-par round of 70 and finish tied for 10th. It was his third top-10 of the year and it was the first time since January that he made the cut in back-to-back tournaments.
Webb Simpson and Billy Andrade also made the start this week in Greensboro but both players missed the cut.
The tour now shifts to the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Haas (82) and Simpson (85) are inside the top-125 and have earned a spot in the first event this week, The Barclays, at the new Liberty National in New Jersey.
Recent graduate Jean Chua made her professional debut in Petaling Jaya, Thailand, this week at the Thai LPGA Open. After opening with rounds of 71-76, Chua found herself seven-shots behind good friend Titiya Plucksataporn.
But in the final round, Chua got the putter working early and had closed the gap to just two shots after a front nine of 4-under par. She went on to make two more birdies on the back to post a final round 6-under 66 and then waited to see if her 3-under par 213 would hold up.
When Plucksataporn came in at even par, Chua had claimed her first professional title in her first pro start.
"I never expected to win my first professional tournament in my first outing," Chua told The Star Online.
Chua hopes that this victory will earn her a spot in a couple of Asian LPGA events over the next few months. She plans to then head back to the states to try to qualify for next year's US Women's Open and will then go to LPGA Qualifying School after that.
At the Nationwide Tour's Christmas in October Classic, Ron Whittaker made his second-straight cut and finished tied for 52nd at 4-under par.
Kyle Reifers and Len Mattiace each missed the cut which came at 1-under par.
The trio will now head to the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic this week.
The Champions Tour held its final major of the season, the Jeld Wen Tradition last week at the Crosswater Golf Club in Sunriver, Ore. Jay Haas and Lanny Wadkins were the only two former Deacons in the field.
Haas got off to a tough start, posting rounds of 73-72 but turned it around on the weekend, firing a pair of 68s to finish tied for 17th.
Wadkins carded rounds of 74-81-76-73 to finish 66th.
Head men's golf coach Jerry Haas played last week at the Carolina's Mountain Chapter Championship at Oakwoods Country Club in Wilkesboro, N.C. Haas opened with a bogey-free round of 5-under 67 and held a one-shot lead over fellow Deacon Tim Straub after the first round.
However, the second round didn't go as planned for either Haas or Straub and the two players tied for second as Haas posted a 73 and Straub a 72.
Incoming freshman Stephanie Kim represented Team USA last week at the Junior Solheim Cup at Aurora Country Club in Aurora, Ill. The Americans rolled to a 15.5 - 8.5 victory, taking a 3-2 lead in the five matches.
Despite the team victory, Kim had a tough week. Her and Ani Gulugian fell 5&3 in the morning four-ball match on Tuesday and then was on the losing end of a 3&2 decision with Kristina Wong in a foursomes match in the afternoon.
In the singles matches, Kim dropped five out of the first six holes of her match with Sherlyn Popelka and wasn't able to recover as she fell 4&3.
The American's kept the streak alive as now each side has defended its home turf.
The US Amateur is being played this week at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla. Brendan Gielow is Wake's lone representative as he earned a spot based on his selection to the 2009 US Walker Cup team. Gielow tees off Monday at 1:50 pm EST.
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