Maybe Jay Haas should tune up for the Champions Tour by playing PGA Tour events more often.
Haas, who missed the cut at the Verizon Heritage April 14, turned things around at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, producing a five-shot victory April 23 at The Club at Savannah Harbor.
Haas shot 76-71 at Hilton Head and then watched son Bill tie for 27th.
“I actually played pretty well on Friday (at Verizon) to shoot even par and just didn’t make many putts,” Haas said. “So that excited me a little bit coming here. But at the same time, nothing has been going in the hole. I haven’t been scoring. I haven’t been playing awful, but just haven’t been getting the job done.”
In windy conditions in Savannah, Haas opened with a 6-under 66 to take the lead.
“I haven’t been sharp this year,” he said. “I was a little surprised by this round.”
Haas’ scoring kicked in over the 7,087-yard course. He shot 68-67
on the weekend and breezed, finishing at 15-under 201.
The key was Haas’ play on the back nine, which he played in 13 under (12 birdies, 1 eagle and 1 bogey) over three rounds.
It was Haas’ third Champions Tour title and 12th top 10 in 19 events. Haas tied for the lead in greens in regulation (44 of 54, 81.5 percent) and was fifth in putts per GIR (1.659). Both were above his season averages of 59.9 percent and 1.722.
“It sure wasn’t as easy as it might appear,” Haas said. “I was never out of the lead, but I certainly felt pressure.
“When I’ve had a chance to make a little move, I haven’t been able to pull the shot off. This week I did.”
Now he has $395,000 to show for it.