The Pendleton Panther

Bill Haas Closes Out Victory In Bob Hope Classic

Posted on: January 25, 2010

Bill Haas talking to the press

Bill Haas had his first win at the Bob Hope Classic shooting 30 under par throughout five rounds of golf.  Jay Haas, Bill’s father, was once the Bob Hope Classic champion in 1988 with the score of 22 under par.  The 27 year old Bill topped his fathers score to take the 2010 title.  They were the eighth father-son combo to win on the PGA tour.  Prior to Bill’s win, he had a couple third place finishes.  One at the 2008 Viking Classic and one at the 2008 Valero Texas Open Classic.  Haas finished with a final round of 64, eight under par.  It was the lowest final round by a winner since Phil Mickelson in 2002.  Bill’s victory was the fourth straight year that someone came from behind to take the title.   Haas calmly birdied the eighteenth hole, a par five, to win the tournament.  The three runners-up had a chance on the final hole.  They were Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, and Tim Clark.  All three of them missed their chance and left Bill Haas the opportunity to win.  On the final hole, Haas his his three iron to about thirty feet from the hole and then cozied up his putt to a few inches.  He had an easy tap in for birdie and took the Bob Hope Classic title.


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