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August 3-5 3M Championship


YOU WOULD THINK A PLAYER with Jay Haas’ experience and success would be a veritable “Cool Hand Luke” under pressure. Think again. On the final green in the final round of the


3M Championship, Haas was feeling the heat. Twice he backed off the 30-footer he needed to get close enough for a two-putt. Finally, he pulled the trigger and, as he has done so often in his career, he got the job done and edged Tom Lehman, Kenny Perry and Peter Senior by one shot for his first Champions Tour win in two years. “I probably should have just run


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Jay Haas ended a winless streak of


41 events with his victory. He posted the previous of


his 15 Champions


up there and hit because the more I backed off, the more my arm started to shake and my hands were shaking,” he said. “I’m all about speed, and I have a picture in my head of how hard I want to hit it and I just couldn’t see that speed for some reason. I was just thinking ‘don’t hit it fat, don’t rip it by, don’t do all this stuff,’ all these negative thoughts, so I backed away... I was just trying to be as ready as I could be.” Actually, he played the entire par-5 finishing hole under duress. “I don’t think I’ve ever been not nervous on the final hole with a chance to win,” said Haas. “I hope I continue to be that way.” One of the reasons Haas was able to pull off the win was the lesson he took from his second-


Tour victories at the 2009 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in Maryland.


Jay Haas beat his nerves to win at TPC Twin Cities.


place finish at the Nature Valley First Tee Open a month before, when he took the lead into the final round but finished tied for second behind Jeff


Sluman. “My score wasn’t great that day, but I hit


a lot of good shots under pressure,” he said. “I probably hit some of the best shots today on the back nine that I’ve hit in a long time. It was nice to do that under pressure and know that I could still do that. I didn’t know if it would ever happen again. I’ve seen some of the ‘Old Guard’ win a few times lately, so I didn’t think my age was that much of a factor. I just needed to play better and hit better shots.” Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks—or at least jog his memory? ■


CHARLES SCHWAB CUP STANDINGS PLAYER


Tom Lehman Olin Browne


Mark Calcavecchia Nick Price


Russ Cochran Tom Watson Peter Senior John Cook David Eger


Mark O’Meara www.pgatour.com


EVENTS 14


16 15 15 11 8


15 16 15 14


POINTS 1,661


1,370 1,278 1,181 1,163 1,131 1,031 868 862 856


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291 383 480 498 530 630 793 799 805


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1 1 1 -


3 1 -


8 7 9 9 7 4 8 4 5 6


Course Insight


TPC Twin Cities


The TPC Twin Cities is a team effort between former British Open champion and Minnesota native Tom Lehman and Arnold Palmer’s design team, who built the course on a lovely piece of farmland. Like so many of Palmer’s courses, it presents players with a wealth of dramatic risk- reward opportunities, making it both a challenging test and an exciting venue for tournament golf. The design favors thoughtful shot-making over sheer power—although power also has its place. The course has 27 water hazards, as well as extensive bunkering, so any flawed thinking or execution is punished.


POINTS BEHIND WINS TOP 10 3


“MY SCORE WASN’T GREAT THAT DAY, BUT I HIT A LOT OF GOOD SHOTS UNDER PRESSURE.” – Jay Haas


Tournament Record 191, David Frost, 2010


Tournament 18-Hole Record 61, David Frost, 2010


TPC Twin Cities (Par 72/7,114 yards) Blaine, Minnesota


GOLF CHANNEL Ticket Information


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