Saturday’s roundup: Haas, 62, takes Newport Beach lead
Newport Beach, Calif. — Jay Haas shot an 8-under 63 on Saturday to take a five-stroke lead in the Toshiba Classic, putting him in position to become the second-oldest winner in PGA Tour Champions history.
At 62 years, 10 months, 7 days Sunday, Haas would fall short of only Mike Fetchick, the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational winner at 63 years to the day. Gary Player is No. 2 on the list at 62 years, 9 months, 22 days in the 1998 Northville Long Island Classic.
The 2007 winner at Newport Beach Country Club, Haas has played 36 holes without a bogey. He shot a 64 on Friday for a share of the first-round lead with Billy Mayfair.
Haas won the last of his 17 senior titles in 2014. He won times on the PGA Tour and captained the United States’ winning Presidents Cup team last year in South Korea.
Haas had a 15-under 127 total. He birdied three of the final four holes, starting the run on the par-5 15th and adding two more on the par-3 17th and par-5 18th.
Fred Funk, at age 60, was second after a 65. He eagled the 15th and birdied 18.
John Daly shot a 66 to top the group at 9 under. After birdieing the final five holes Friday in a 67, Daly opened birdie-birdie-eagle. He bogeyed the par-3 eighth and birdied the two late par 5s.
Daly is making his 14th senior start since turning 50 in April. The two-time major champion has three top-20 finishes on the senior tour, the best a tie for 11th in July in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
Grant Waite (65), Ian Woosnam (66), Doug Garwood (66), Billy Andrade (6) and Bart Bryant (6) also were 9 under.
Defending champion Duffy Waldorf was tied for 14th at 7 under after a 68. Mayfair, making his sixth start on the tour after turning 50 in August, had a 76 to drop into a tie for 45th at 2 under.
Bernhard Langer, the tour leader with four victories, is taking the week off. He also tops the money list and Charles Schwab Cup points standings.
At St. Andrews, Scotland, England’s Tyrrell Hatton matched the course record at St. Andrews with a 10-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Hatton had a 17-under 199 total. He opened with a 67 at Carnoustie on Thursday and shot a 70 at Kingsbarns on Friday. The final round will be played on the Old Course at St. Andrews.
The 24-year-old Hatton is winless on the European Tour.
England’s Ross Fisher was second after a 69 at Carnoustie.
Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren and South Africa’s Richard Sterne were 13 under. They played at St. Andrews, with Lagergren shooting 69, and Sterne 65.
At Taipei, Taiwan, Ha Na Jang shot a 10-under 62 in calmer conditions at rainy Miramar to take a six-stroke lead in the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship.
Chasing her third victory of the year, the 24-year-old South Korean player hit a 30-yard flop shot to a foot in steady rain on the par-5 18th for her 10th birdie of the day.
After shooting a 69 in high wind and early rain Friday for a share of the lead with fellow South Korean player Hee Young Park, Jang had her lowest score in her two-year LPGA Tour career and matched the best round in the three years the event has been played at Miramar. South Korea’s Inbee Park set the Miramar mark in 2014 and England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff tied it earlier Saturday.
Jang birdied three of the last four holes to reach 16-under 200. She hit a wedge to 4 feet on 15, made a 30-foot putt on 16 and closed the bogey-free round with the tap-in on 18 after the flop that landed on a ridge and trickled down.
China’s Shanshan Feng was second after a 67, and Hee Young Park was another shot back after a 69. Canada’s Brooke Henderson and South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace each shot 69 to get to 8 under. Shadoff was tied for eighth at 6 under. After opening with rounds of 78 and 70, she birdied 10 of the first 15 holes and closed with three pars.