Haas wins Principal Charity Classic by three strokes

Jun 10, 2007 - 10:50 PM WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Ticker) -- Jay Haas shot a 2-under 69 in the final round to win the the Principal Charity Classic on Sunday.

It was the third Champions Tour victory of the season for Haas, who won the $1.6 million event by three strokes over R.W. Eaks and Brad Bryant.

The win was worth $240,000 for Haas and increased his lead in the standings to 324 over runner-up Dennis Watson.

Haas finished at 12-under 272 for the event. He birdied three of the first six holes to get off to good start on Sunday.

"I felt pretty good going out," said Haas, who has nine wins in 48 career starts on the Champions Tour. "Didn't sleep well last night, but got off to a good start, though."

Haas birdied the 15th before closing out his round with a pair of bogeys over the last two holes.

"I got pretty conservative after the birdie at number six. Got me a five-shot lead, I think," Haas said. "Did some scoreboard watching after that. Knew coming down the stretch I didn't want to give anyone a chance."

After a slow start on Saturday, Haas got hot and shot a 4-under-par 67 that put him at 10-under 132, which set the stage for Sunday's final round.

Eaks shot a 64 in the final round to finish 9-under for the event. He got off to a quick start with four birdies through the first six holes and finished with seven birdies for the day.

"I got off to a great start today," Eaks said. "I had six threes in a row. I hit a great putt on seven and eight that didn't go in. I basically three-putted nine. I had a nice round of golf today. It's a good change for me."

Bryant, who started the day in a tie for fourth at 5-under, got off to a slow start on Sunday with a pair of bogeys over the first three holes before rebounding with six birdies to tie Eaks for second place.

Jay Sigel, Mark James and David Edwards finished in a three-way tie for fourth at 8-under. Edwards entered the final round tied for second with Watson. Edwards shot a 70 on Sunday and Watson had an even-par 71.

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