Tuesday Morning Golf Report
Sept. 8, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - With the PGA Tour's Deutsche Bank Open finishing on Labor Day, the normal Monday Morning Golf Report was pushed back until Tuesday. That was just fine for Bill Haas, who finished tied for 15th at the event and moved-up to 47th in the FedEx Cup standings.
Haas opened with a nice round of 69 and then made four birdies and an eagle in his round of 66 on Saturday to make the cut. Following a 1-over 72 on Sunday, Haas needed a good round on Monday to make any kind of jump.
He could not have started the final round any better as he birdied four out of the first seven holes but bogeys at Nos. 8 and 10 dropped him back to 2-under for the day. He then pared five-straight before finishing with three-straight birdies to post his second 66 of the week.
The top-15 finish jumped Haas 14 places from 61 to 47 in the FedEx Cup standings. He will move onto next week's BMW Championships at Cog Hill outside of Chicago but only the top-30 at the end of that week will qualify for the Tour Championship.
Also joining Haas at Cog Hill will be 2008 graduate Webb Simpson. Despite the missed-cut this week, Simpson is No. 51 on the FedEx Cup standings. He and Haas will likely need a top-5 this week to make the Tour Championship.
The Champions Tour was at Pebble Beach this past week for the Walmart First Tee Open. Gary Hallberg started with a solid 69 and closed with rounds of 72-71 to finish tied for 12th. This was just the second top-15 of the season for Hallberg.
Lanny Wadkins was the only other former Deacon in the field. He opened with a 77 and closed with a 76 but shot a nice 3-under 69 on Saturday which featured a total of seven birdies.
At the Nationwide Tour's Mexico Open, both Kyle Reifers and Len Mattiace started with rounds of 75 on Thursday and could not make up enough ground on Friday to make the cut. The Tour will now head to Sandy, Utah, for the Utah Championship.
Laura Diaz struggled this week at the LPGA Tour's Canadian Women's Open, carding rounds of 76-78 and missed the cut. The ladies will be in Rogers, Ark., this week for the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship.
Jerry Haas played this past week in the Carolinas PGA Professional Championship at The Point Lake & Golf Club just outside of Charlotte. He shot a 2-over 74 in the opening round and found himself within striking distance of the top-10 after a 73 in the second round.
The top-10 at the end of the week earned a spot in next summer's PGA Professionals Championship. Haas needed a solid round on Wednesday to get there but just couldn't get anything going and would card a 77 to finish tied for 32nd.