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Jay  Haas

Jay Haas

Greenville, SC

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Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:32 PM
  • Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
  • Residence: Greenville, SC
  • Age: 58
  • Turned Pro: 1976

PGA TOUR Victories

(9) 1978,Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational. 1981,Greater Milwaukee Open, B.C. Open. 1982,Hall Of Fame, Texas Open. 1987,Big "I" Houston Open. 1988,Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. 1992,Federal Express St. Jude Classic. 1993,H.E.B. Texas Open.

International Victories

(2): 2008 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge [with Fred Funk and Nick Price]. 2011 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge [with Mark Calcavecchia and Kenny Perry]

Other Victories

(4): 1975 NCAA Championship [indiv]. 1991 Mexican Open. 1996 Franklin Templeton Shootout [with Tom Kite]. 2004 CVS Charity Classic [with Bill Haas].

2012 Champions Tour Money and Position

$365,475 (14)

2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes

T5-- Allianz Championship. 6-- ACE Group Classic. T6-- Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. T7-- Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. T8-- Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay.

Champions Tour Best Round

66 at Round 1, Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. 66 at Round 1, ACE Group Classic.

Champions Tour Highlights

Was three off the lead after 36 holes of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, but a final-round 71 dropped him into a T7 on the Big Island...Had another nice effort in his next start, with a final-round 69 at the Allianz Championship leading to a T5. Rounds included an eagle on the final hole all three days...Was sixth at The ACE Group Classic, thanks to three straight rounds in the 60s at TwinEagles...Started his season with 11 consecutive sub-par rounds before the string ended in the final round at the Toshiba Classic.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational, Greater Milwaukee Open, B.C. Open, Hall Of Fame, Texas Open, Big "I" Houston Open, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Federal Express St. Jude Classic, H.E.B. Texas Open.

Career Highlights

2011: Played his best golf in the second half of the season, returning to the winner's circle for the first time since the fall, 2009 campaign and also registered a pair of runner-up performances as well...Highlight of his year was victory at the 3M Championship in Minnesota. Two-putted from 30 feet for birdie on the last hole to post a one-stroke win over Kenny Perry, Peter Senior and local favorite Tom Lehman. His 15th career victory was his first in 22 months and ended a winless streak of 41 events. Made a hole-in-one on the 4th hole at the TPC Twin Cities in the opening round and became the first player since Jeff Sluman (2009 Walmart First Tee Open At Pebble Beach) to make an ace and go on to win the event...A month earlier, was the 36-hole leader at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and led early on the back nine before posting a 3-over-par 39 over his final nine holes, eventually dropping him to a T2 finish, two behind Sluman...Finished his official season with another T2 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Shared the first-round lead at the TPC Harding Park with good friend Fred Couples and despite lower back problems, managed to stay in contention throughout at the TPC Harding Park before finishing two strokes short of Jay Don Blake...Was T5 twice in the first half of the year. Moved onto the leaderboard after carding a second-round 68 at Fallen Oak and then added a second straight 68 Sunday to T5 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic...Trailed by just one stroke after 54 holes at the Regions Tradition before a closing-round 74 led to a T5 finish in Alabama...In November, teamed with Kenny Perry and Mark Calcavecchia for victory in Las Vegas at the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge...Enjoyed a special moment when he, along with wife, Jan, was in attendance at East Lake GC in Atlanta, to watch son Bill's dramatic victory at the TOUR Championship that also earned him the FedEx Cup. His son Jay was his brother's caddie during the victory...Made his first appearance in a Nationwide Tour event since 2001, playing with son Jay in the BMW Charity Pro-Am near Greenville, SC, but missed the cut...For the second consecutive time, served as a captain's assistant to Fred Couples at The Presidents Cup matches in Australia. Along with John Cook, helped Couples guide the American team to a 19-15 victory at Royal Melbourne. 2010: Streak of seasons with at least one victory ended at five consecutive years and did not record a top-three finish in any event for the first time as a Champions Tour member. After having the second-best scoring mark from 2006-2009, averaged more than a stroke higher in 2010 and slipped to 19th, the first time over 70 (70.44)...Recorded seven top-10s overall but best performance came when he teamed with Fred Couples to finish T4 at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in April in Savannah...Top individual effort came in Canada when his final-round 67 at Club de Golf Fontainebleau gave him a T5 finish at the inaugural Montreal Championship...Twenty-two years after his victory in Palm Springs, was on hand to witness his son Bill's initial PGA TOUR triumph at the Bob Hope Classic. Became the eighth father-son duo in PGA TOUR history to win the same event...Made his record 29th appearance at The PLAYERS Championship but missed the cut by two strokes after rounds of 71-73 at the TPC Sawgrass. Was in position to make the cut until a double bogey on the 18th hole derailed him. 2009: Won multiple titles for a fifth straight year and finished fourth in official earnings and fifth in the Charles Schwab Cup race...Played his best golf late in the season when he was either first or second in four of his last five appearances and claimed titles in consecutive starts for the second straight year...Ended a drought of 26 consecutive Champions Tour events without a victory when he won his 13th career title in then record fashion at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. Returning to action after nearly a month off due to tendinitis in his left elbow, he birdied five of the final six holes to post a two-stroke triumph over Russ Cochran and Andy Bean at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa. His 54-hole score of 18-under-par 198 was a tournament record at the time, bettering R.W. Eaks' previous mark of 17-under-par 199 set in 2007. Got off to a fast start in Hickory with a Champions Tour career-best, 10-under-par 62 in the opening round that also equaled the lowest 18-hole score on the circuit in 2009...Followed victory in Hickory by claiming the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, his third major title and 14th win overall on the Champions Tour. A birdie on the final hole capped a final-round, 6-under 64 at Baltimore CC and gave him a one-stroke win over Tom Watson...Fell just short in his quest for three wins in a row when he was T2 at the Administaff Small Business Classic, one week after serving as Fred Couples' Captain's Assistant on the victorious U.S. Presidents Cup team. Was tied with John Cook, the eventual winner, with four holes to play but eventually fell two strokes back when he three-putted the final hole from the back fringe and Cook made birdie at No. 17...Stellar play continued the following week at the AT&T Championship in San Antonio. Was among the weekend leaders, and only a bogey on his final hole kept him out of a playoff with eventual winner Phil Blackmar. Saw his bunker shot for par and a chance to tie Blackmar hang on the lip at No. 18, leaving him one stroke short and T2...Recorded the 34th double eagle in the history of the Champions Tour when his three-wood second shot found the cup on the 11th hole at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort during the second round of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf...Finished second in Scoring Average for the fourth straight year. 2008: Claimed his second Charles Schwab Cup on the strength of two victories and 14 top-10 finishes. Took over the Schwab Cup lead for good with a T3 at the AT&T Championship, the last full-field event of the year. Had tied John Cook for the lead in the final round with an eagle at the 10th hole but eventually finished four strokes back. Earned 109 Charles Schwab Cup points for his efforts at Oak Hills to jump past Fred Funk. Went into the season-ending event in Sonoma with just a 12-point margin over Funk and, despite not finishing in the top-10 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, claimed the Schwab Cup and $1-million payout when Funk did not record a top-10 finish either. Margin of victory in Schwab Cup race was the tightest in history...Highlight of his year came in Rochester, NY, when he won his second Senior PGA Championship, holding off Langer by one stroke at Oak Hill CC. Winning score of 7-over 287 on the East Course was the highest in relation to par in Senior PGA Championship history and the second highest in Champions Tour annals. Victory was the 11th of his Champions Tour career and made him the 13th different player to win multiple Senior PGA titles...One week later, successfully defended his title at The Principal Charity Classic when he posted a final-round, 6-under-par 65, the low round of the tournament, to beat Andy Bean by one stroke. Started the day two strokes behind second-round leader Nick Price but took the lead with successive birdies on Nos. 14-16 and never trailed again...Earlier in the season, almost defended his title at the Toshiba Classic in March but fell in a seven-hole playoff with Langer at the Newport Beach CC. Fired a closing-round, 6-under par 65 to make up four strokes on Langer on Sunday but eventually missed a critical 3-foot birdie putt on the seventh playoff hole, which would have extended the overtime session. It was his first playoff loss in a PGA TOUR/Champions Tour event after five consecutive wins...Posted the low round of the day and his low round of the year, a 7-under 64, Sunday at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, a score that eventually led to a T2 finish with Scott Hoch, one stroke back of winner Tom Watson...Champions Tour Player of the Month for May...Lost Byron Nelson trophy to Bernhard Langer by one-hundreth of a point (69.66). 2007: Grabbed the Arnold Palmer Award as the Champions Tour's leading money-winner for the second consecutive year and posted a Tour-best four victories. His performance eventually led to Player of the Year honors for a second consecutive season...Led all players with 18 top-10 finishes and finished second to Loren Roberts in the Charles Schwab Cup race...First of his four wins came in March when he was a two-stroke victor over R.W. Eaks at the Toshiba Classic. Finished with a record-setting, 54-hole total of 19-under 194, breaking Hale Irwin's record of 196 set in 2002...Became the only player to successfully defend a Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf title in individual stroke-play format the following month when he defeated Tom Kite on the first hole of a playoff for his eighth career Champions Tour win. Got up and down from the greenside bunker on the 54th hole to force overtime with Kite. Eventually won in Savannah when he chipped to within two feet and holed a short par putt after Kite missed his par attempt from 5 1/2 feet moments earlier...Added a third victory to his resume when he went wire to wire at The Principal Charity Classic in Iowa in June. Fired three successive rounds in the 60s on his way to his ninth career win...Continued his stellar play in his next start at the Bank of America Championship near Boston. Opened with a 1-under 71, but followed with rounds of 66 on the weekend for a three-stroke come-from-behind victory at Nashawtuc CC. With the victory, he joined his uncle, Bob Goalby, as the tournament champion. Goalby won the inaugural event in 1981...Tied for the 36-hole lead at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton but eventually finished two strokes back of Mark James on The Old Course at Broken Sound. Runner-up effort at the Allianz event equaled his best effort on TOUR in Florida (T2—2003 PLAYERS Championship)...Along with Andy Bean, was T2 the following week at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, one stroke back of Tom Watson. Moved into contention down the stretch when he posted a 2-under 69 Sunday in adverse weather conditions, one of only two sub-70 scores posted the final day at the TPC Tampa Bay...Was also second at the 3M Championship following a final-round 63 at the TPC Twin Cities, one stroke short of D.A. Weibring who birdied the final three holes to win...T2 at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn thanks to a final-round 6-under 66, the low Sunday round...Player of the Month in both April and June. 2006: Became the first player since Hale Irwin in 2002 to claim both the Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money winner and the season-long Charles Schwab Cup crown...Battled Loren Roberts to the wire for the two titles before claiming both at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship thanks to his T6 finish. Earned a Champions Tour career-best $2,420,227 to win the money title by $54,832, but his margin in the Charles Schwab Cup race was only 20 points as Roberts missed a short putt for on No. 18 which would have given Roberts the title. Charles Schwab Cup title earned him a $1-million payout...Won four titles during the season, sharing that distinction with Roberts...Claimed one of the biggest wins of his career in late May when he prevailed in a playoff to win the Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree GC in Edmond, OK. The victory was his first major championship in 90 starts in his PGA TOUR career and gave him three consecutive victories on the Champions Tour. Made a clutch birdie putt on the 72nd hole which appeared to be the clincher, but Brad Bryant answered with a birdie putt on the same hole minutes later to set up a playoff. Rolled in a par putt on the third extra hole to defeat Bryant and become the second player (Loren Roberts the other) to win three straight events in 2006...The first of those victories came in April when he went wire-to-wire at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Held off late challenges by Craig Stadler and Peter Jacobsen on Sunday for a five-stroke victory in Savannah. Made key birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 on his way to a closing-round, 5-under-par 67. Stellar play on the back nine during the event was the difference. Was 13-under-par on the final nine at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort, with just one bogey. His winning score of 15-under-par 201 was a tournament record...Made it two straight wins the following week when he came from three strokes behind on Sunday to win the FedEx Kinko's Classic at The Hills CC near Austin. Matched the tournament scoring record with a final-round, 7-under-par 65, highlighted by five straight birdies on Nos. 2-6 and a 5-under-par 31 on the front nine. Added birdies on three of the final four holes to pull away from his challengers. Needed just 21 putts Sunday as he was victorious for the fifth time in his professional career in Texas. Two victories were enough to earn him April Player of the Month honors...Added a fourth title late in the year at the Administaff Small Business Classic. Five-stroke victory at the rain-shortened event was his sixth TOUR title in Texas and made him just the second player to claim both a PGA TOUR and Champions Tour title in the Houston area. Separated himself from the field Saturday, thanks to an Augusta Pines course-record 63. Maintained his five-stroke advantage through five holes Sunday before heavy rains in the early afternoon rendered the course unplayable...Held the lead briefly on the back nine at the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach before eventually finishing T2 along with David Edwards, one stroke back of winner Scott Simpson...Also T2 in his next outing at the Constellation Energy Classic, finishing with birdies on the final two holes Sunday...Fifth-place finish at the weather-shortened SAS Championship near Raleigh moved him over the $2 million in season earnings...Moved ahead of Tom Kite on the PGA TOUR's all-time record for most cuts made (591) when he played on the weekend at the U.S. Open. Made the cut in a third decade at Winged Foot, eventually finishing T37...Had tied Kite's all-time mark for career cuts when he played all four rounds at the Memorial Tournament, eventually finishing T29 in Ohio...Made it 592 career cuts made by making it to the weekend at the PGA Championship at Medinah. 2005: Was voted as the Champions Tour Rookie of the Year after turning in an outstanding month of October. Starting with the last round of the JELD-WEN Tradition, posted 17 straight sub-par scores, the best streak on the Champions Tour that year...Made headlines when he won for the first time in 304 combined starts (PGA TOUR/Champions Tour/Nationwide Tour), capturing the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn in western North Carolina. Posted three straight rounds in the 60s, including a closing, 7-under-par 65 for his initial Champions Tour triumph. Completed his day with three straight birdies to pull away from Loren Roberts and Dana Quigley for the two-stroke victory, his first in 11 years, 11 months, 23 days...Claimed a second title just two weeks later at the SBC Championship in San Antonio. Two-stroke victory at Oak Hills made him the 12th different player to claim PGA TOUR/Champions Tour titles at the same venue. Came from two strokes back of Dana Quigley with a final-round 66 to best Tom Purtzer by two...Almost claimed a third consecutive crown at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Looked to be in control after taking a six-stroke lead after 54 holes but was eventually passed by a hard-charging Tom Watson and fell one stroke short in Sonoma. 2004: Made his Champions Tour debut at the Senior PGA Championship in Louisville where he finished second, one stroke back of Hale Irwin after Irwin two-putted for birdie from 40 feet on the final hole...Among the leaders throughout the U.S. Senior Open before finishing T3, two strokes behind Peter Jacobsen. He and Jacobsen were the only two players in the field to post four consecutive sub-par scores at Bellerive...Was runner-up to Craig Stadler in his third and final start on the Champions Tour, finishing three strokes back at The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach...Sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to give him and son Bill a victory in the two-day CVS Charity Classic at Rhode Island CC in late June...Son Bill qualified for the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills GC to join Jay as the first father-son duo to compete in the same U.S. Open twice.

Personal

Introduced to golf by his uncle, 1968 Masters Tournament winner Bob Goalby...Won first trophy at National Pee Wee Championship in Orlando at age 7...Brother Jerry is the golf coach at Wake Forest...Brother-in-law Dillard Pruitt played the PGA TOUR and is now a rules official on that circuit...Son Jay played college golf at Augusta State and is a now a professional. Second son, Bill, plays on the PGA TOUR and captured the 2011 FedEx Cup. Bill was also an All-American at Wake Forest and won the 2004 Ben Hogan Award as the top collegiate male golfer...He received the 2004 Payne Stewart Award for upholding the traditions of golf and was honored in 2005 with the Jim Murray Award from the Golf Writers Association of America and late in the 2005 season was named as the recipient of the Bob Jones Award, the United States Golf Association's highest honor for distinguished sportsmanship...Was inducted into the South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in December 2007 and is also a member of the Wake Forest Hall of Fame...Favorite course in the U.S. is Harbour Town GL, while his favorite course outside the U.S. is Turnberry...Favorite golf holes are No. 8 at Pebble Beach and No. 16 at North Berwick...Enjoys vacationing at Pawley's Island, SC...Always marks his ball on the green with an English penny...Says his dream foursome would include his two sons and Goalby...Favorite non-golf sporting event is the Final Four and also enjoys the Rolling Stones...Favorite sports team is any sport in which Wake Forest is competing...Made his first hole-in-one at age 10 playing at Yorktown GC in Belleville, IL, with is dad. Used a 5-iron from 110 yards.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

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