La Quinta, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Bill Haas made a couple big birdies and
saved some huge pars down the stretch on Sunday to shoot a final-round 67 and
win the Humana Challenge by one shot over five others.
Haas finished the week at 22-under-par 266 to win for the sixth time on the
PGA Tour. This is Haas’ second victory at this event, which he also won back
Coming down to the par-5 last hole on the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA
West, Haas needed a par to win. A bogey by the 32-year-old would have forced a
six-way playoff, which would have tied a tour record. Haas was able to
scramble for par and the win.
Second-round leader and highest ranked player in the field Matt Kuchar
finished with a 5-under 67 and he ended tied for second along with Charley
Hoffman (64), Brendan Steele (64), Sung Joon Park (65) and Steve Wheatcroft
(67) at 21-under 267.
Rookie Justin Thomas, who shared the third-round lead with Haas, Erik Compton
and first-round leader Michael Putnam, finished with a 3-under 69 and tied for
seventh with Webb Simpson (64) and Boo Weekley (65) at minus-20.
Compton could not make enough birdies down the stretch and he carded a 2-under
70 to finish tied for 10th at 19-under 269. Putnam (72) ended two shots behind
Compton at 17-under 271, tying him for 15th.
Defending champion Patrick Reed needed a big day on Sunday to successfully
defend his title, but he fired a 1-under 71 to finish tied for 24th at 15-
under 273 with Phil Mickelson (68) and four others.
MORE TO FOLLOW.