JAY HAAS had an easy win at the 2012 Principal Charity Classic Champions Tour event in Iowa this weekend despite a record final round by American compatriot Kirk Triplett.
Haas had the tournament by the throat over the three rounds at the Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, finishing with a 16-under total that was five strokes ahead of the field.
The 58 year old had won this tournament twice before and after shooting a 65 in the second round closed with a 5-under 66.
“(Saturday) I really played well, but (Sunday) was a special round. And to kind of take hold of it and not give them a chance … that was pretty special,” said Haas, celebrating his 16th Champions Tour victory.
Triplett closed with a course record 9-under 62 to finish equal second at 11-under along with Larry Mize. Fred Funk and Tom Lehman tied for third at 10-under.
Australia’s Peter Senior was well in contention after a 67 in the opening round and still looked good despite missing some birdie putts in the second round to post a 70 and be tied for 5th going into the final day.
The Sunday front nine did him no favours with a bogey on the 5th, a double on the par four 6th and another single on the 8th. There were two birdies on the back but they were matched by three more bogies.
The disappointing 76 saw him finish even with the card in a tie for 37th.
The US Champions Tour will contest its second major of the season this week with the 2012 Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek in Alabama. The defending champion is Tom Lehman.
2012 Principal Charity Classic Final Results2012 Principal Charity Classic Final Results