Monday Morning Golf Report

Sept. 14, 2009

Bill Haas posted his fifth-straight top-25 finish over the weekend at the BMW Championship, finishing tied for 10th after rounds of 71-68-71-70=280 (-4).

Dating back to the Buick Open in early August, Hass has finished no worse than tied for 24th in any of his five starts and has made nearly $550,000. Despite the run, Haas was only able to climb to 41st on the FedEx Cup Standings, meaning he will not be playing in the Tour Championship, which extended invitations to the top-30 in the standings.

For the year, Haas has made 14 cuts in 26 starts, recording a total of 10 top-25 finishes and pocketing just over $1.3 million. This is the second-straight year he has eclipsed the million dollar mark.

Also nearing the million dollar mark this season is rookie Webb Simpson. The 2008 Wake Forest graduate has also made 14 cuts this season and is just over $3,000 dollars shy of one million in earnings.

Simpson finished tied for 61st this week at the BMW, carding rounds of 70-74-73-76=293 (+9).

Haas and Simpson will now have a couple of weeks off before the PGA Tour Fall Series begins at the Turning Stone Resort Championship on Oct. 1. There are five events in the Fall Series which runs through mid-November.

This past weekend, senior Brendan Gielow competed for Team USA at the 2009 Walker Cup matches. The Americans made it three-straight victories with a convincing 16.5-9.5 win.

Gielow finished the matches with a record of 1-2. He fell to Stiggy Hodgson in singles action on Saturday afternoon and was on the short-end of a 3 and 2 decision with teammate Drew Weaver in their foursomes match Sunday morning.

On Sunday afternoon, Gielow went out in the last match of the day against Dale Whitnell. The two found themselves all-square through nine and then Gielow won both the 10th and 11th with pars and extended his lead to 3-up with a birdie at the par-3 13th. Whitnell made another bogey at No. 14 to give Gielow a 4-up lead and the two would halve the 15th with birdies to give the Muskegon, Mich., native a 4 and 3 victory.

Rickie Fowler was the star of the matches for the Americans, as he went a perfect 4-0.

This was the third-straight victory for the Americans over their counterparts from GB&I. This year also marked the fourth-straight time that Wake Forest had a representative on the Walker Cup team. Bill Haas went 2-2 in the American's loss in 2003 while Kyle Reifers (2005) and Webb Simpson (2007) were both part of the Team USA's victories in the last two Walker Cups. Gielow became the 15th different Demon Deacon to participate in the matches.

At the Nationwide Tour's Utah Championship, all three former Deacons, Kyle Reifers, Len Mattiace and Ron Whittaker missed the 36-hole cut. The three will now head to the Albertsons Boise Open this week in Boise, Idaho.

Laura Diaz carded rounds of 78-75 in the first two rounds of the LPGA's NW Arkansas Championship and would miss the cut. The Tour will now host the Samsung World Championships in San Diego, Calif., this week.

After a week off, the Champions Tour comes to North Carolina this week for the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn in Conover, N.C.

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