Haas shoots 60 in Tour finale
Jay Haas matched the Champions Tour record with a 10-under 60 to take a five-stroke lead on Friday in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
The 58-year-old Haas made a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th after hitting his second shot into a greenside bunker and leaving his eagle blast short. He is 14-under 126 for the tournament.
Haas became the eighth player in the history of the 50-and-over tour to shoot 60, breaking the course record on Desert Mountain's Cochise layout.
Tom Lehman was second after a 63, moving into position to win the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points race. Bernhard Langer, 211 points ahead of second-place Lehman, was tied for fifth at 6 under after a 65.
Haas's playing partner Fred Couples was third at 8 under after a 66.
"It was just a very magical day for me," Haas said. "I had a great pairing. I love playing with Freddie. ... It was a wonderful day. One of those that you don't want to end."
"I can't remember another time that I've had a chance to shoot a 59. I was thinking about it without question. I hit a decent bunker shot. It stopped a little quicker for me than I thought."
He closed with a 7-under 28 on the back nine to finish a stroke off the tour's nine-hole record.
"Wow! What a round he had," Couples said about Haas. "I had a good time, 4-under par. I'm not going to complain, but when a guy is shooting 10 under it seems like you're shooting 80."
Haas, a nine-time PGA Tour winner, won the Principal Charity Classic in Iowa in June for his 16th victory on the senior tour.
"The course is magnificent," Haas said. "The fairways are like carpets. The greens are perfect. So, if you hit a poor shot, it's my fault."
Couples is playing for the first time since a back injury forced him to withdraw during the first round of the Boeing Classic in late August. Before this week, he hadn't completed a competitive round since winning the Senior British Open in July for his second victory of the year.
Lehman's 63 was his lowest round on the Champions Tour. Langer and Lehman would win the season title with a victory, while third-placed Roger Chapman needs a victory and some help to top the standings.
Jay Don Blake, the defending champion and first-round leader, followed his opening 64 with a 71 to drop into a tie for eighth at 5 under. Blake won last year at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
South Africa's David Frost shot a second-round 64, which boosted him from joint 19th overnight into a share of fifth position on 6 under, eight shots off the lead.
126 – Jay Haas 66 60
131 – Tom Lehman 68 63
132 – Fred Couples 66 66
133 – Olin Browne 66 67
134 – David Frost 70 64, Bernhard Langer 69 65, Mark Calcavecchia 68 66
135 – John Cook 71 64, Michael Allen 69 66, Brad Bryant 68 67, Kirk Triplett 67 68, Corey Pavin 67 68, Jay Don Blake 64 71
136 – Fred Funk 71 65, Bill Glasson 66 70
137 – Kenny Perry 69 68, Russ Cochran 67 70, Gary Hallberg 65 72
138 – Peter Senior 72 66, Mark McNulty 69 69
139 – Larry Mize 73 66, Roger Chapman 69 70, Jeff Sluman 67 72
141 – Willie Wood 71 70, Loren Roberts 71 70, Joe Daley 70 71
143 – Mark Wiebe 73 70, Chien Soon Lu 70 73
145 – Dan Forsman 75 70, Mike Goodes 77 68