Haas scoops $10m FedEx prize with play-off victory
Monday 26 September 2011
Bill haas held his nerve to beat fellow American Hunter Mahan in a thrilling play-off for the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake, Atlanta, last night, and also claim the FedEx Cup with its $10m (£6.4m) bonus.
Haas completed a staggering recovery at the second play-off hole. He found a bunker with his tee-shot and then water with his second, but a shallow enough lie allowed him to play the ball from its resting place and he incredibly pitched to within three feet and halved the hole in four.
Back to 18 they went and Mahan found the same greenside bunker for the second time in the play-off, then allowed his escape to run 15 feet past the hole. Haas, putting from the back fringe of the green, rolled his ball just four feet past and, after Mahan missed, calmly found the centre of the cup to take the spoils.
The pair had finished the 72 regulation holes on eight-under-par, Haas closing with a two-under 68 and joint overnight leader Mahan carding a 71. British world No 1 Luke Donald birdied three of the last five holes for a 69 to finish in a tie for third with South Korean K J Choi and Australian Aaron Baddeley.
Kenneth Ferrie also came through a play-off with fellow Englishman Simon Wakefield to lift the Austrian Golf Open in Atzenbrugg. The 32-year-old from Newcastle sealed the win on the 18th hole, being afforded two putts to do so despite his initial drive going wide of the fairway while Wakefield's landed on it.
England's rising star Tom Lewis finished with credit and a top-10 finish, checking into the clubhouse on six-under for his four rounds, putting him above illustrious names such as Miguel Angel Jimenez (five-under) and Oliver Wilson (three-under).
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