Bill Haas landed his sixth PGA Tour title after a tense finish to the $5.7million Humana Challenge in La Quinta, California Sunday.
The 32-year-old from Greenville, South Carolina posted a closing five-under 67 for a winning total -22/266. It was Haas’ 6th PGA Tour win worth $1,026,000 and 500 FedEx Points. Bill jumps from 127th to 9th position in the FedEx Point standings.
It was a good scoring day in the Coachella Valley at the PGA West Palmer Private course. Charley Hoffman and Brendan Steele came on strong for a share of second place with rounds of 64. They joined Steve Wheatcroft, Matt Kuchar and Sung-Moon Park all of whom were on play off alert. The pack finished one back of Haas at -21/267.
Haas broke the log jam at the top of the leaderboard following a 20-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole. Pars at 17 and 18 put Haas alone at the top of the leaderboard. It was his second Humana Challenge victory. His win in 2010 was his first PGA Tour victory. Father Jay Haas also won the event in 1998.
Five Team New England players were competing at PGA WEST: J.J. Henry and Keegan Bradley finished T-48th -12/276, Scott Stallings T-64th -9/279 while Jim Renner missed the cut and Brett Quigley withdrew after an embarrassing first round.
The top 5 in the FedEx Points race, post Humana Challenge are: 1st-Jimmy Walker, 2nd-Robert Streb, 3rd-Charley Hoffman, 4th-South Korean Sang-Moon Bae and 5th-Ben Martin.
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