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Haas Father-and-Son Team Dominate 'Peter's Party'
Jay Haas and his son Bill set a record in Peter Jacobsen's Umpqua Bank Challenge. The two-day event took place at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Ore.
On Tuesday, the two carded a best-ball score of 17-under 55 to give them a combined 26-under 118 to win the 36-hole tournament by eight strokes over defending champions Scott McCarron and Steve Elkington. The Haas's aggregate total was the lowest score ever recorded in the 18-year history of Umpqua Bank and Fred Meyer Challenges.
Bill Haas shot a 60 on his own ball. The duo was so hot that they didn't make a par until the par-4 15th hole. "He was obviously on today," the senior Haas said. "As any parent can relate, having any son or daughter do well, come into the family business and show out like that, that's a treat for me."
Bill Haas was on his way to a magical 59 after going 12-under par through 14 holes. But he finished out with four straight pars. "Certainly would have liked to one more (birdie) for the old 59 number. It would have been unofficial, but it certainly was fun," he said.
The second annual Umpqua Bank Challenge came after tournament host Jacobsen revived the event in 2011. The original Fred Meyer Challenge ran from 1986 to 2002. All signs point to the event returning to The Reserve Vineyards next year. "As far as I can tell, they want us here for quite a bit of time," Jacobsen noted.
Bill Haas, the defending FedEx Cup champion, is hoping his fine play in the Portland area will carry over to the second stop in the four-tournament Playoffs, the Deutsche Bank Championship, which starts Friday at TPC Boston. "I'll take the positives from here into next week," Haas said.
Kyle Stanley and University of Oregon coach Casey Martin finished third, nine strokes behind the Haases. Jacobsen and Lee Trevino were seventh at 9-under.
For all the scores, visit http://www.umpquabankchallenge.com/tournament-details/live-scoring.