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Greater Hickory Kia Classic 2014 (The 24th of 26 official events on the 2014 Champions Tour), Rock Barn Golf & Spa (Champions), October 17-19, 2014; Conover, NC; Purse: $1,600,000; Par/Yards : 35-36—71/6,874; Charles Schwab Cup points: 240

Weather: Sunny and pleasant with highs in the upper-60s. Winds were from the NW at 7-12 mph.

Final Leaderboard

Name

Score

Jay Haas

63-67-66—196 (-17)

Joe Durant

63-69-66—198 (-15)

Kirk Triplett

66-66-66—198 (-15)

David Frost

67-65-68—200 (-13)

John Cook

67-68-66—201 (-12)

Jay Haas (63-67-66-196/-17)

Wins his 17th title on the Champions Tour and first since the 2012 Principal Charity Classic and has won at least one event eight of his 11 years on Tour. His 17 wins ranks 16th on the all-time victory list.

The victory, which came in his 51st start since his last win, was his third in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn (2005, ’09), more than any other golfer, and he also posted three wins at the Principal Charity Classic.

Set a new tournament 54-hole scoring record with his 17-under-par 196, breaking the previous mark of 197 by Mark Wiebe (2011) and James Mason (2011). Those two players posted the total when it was a par-72 course.

Haas became the 18th different player aged 60 or older to win on the Champions Tour and the first since Craig Stadler at the 2013 Encompass Championship. There have been 22 winners aged 60 or older.

At age 60 years, 10 months and 17 days, Haas is the 10th oldest winner on Tour. The late Mike Fetchick remains the oldest at age 63 years to the day

With his 5-under-par 66, Haas now has 23 consecutive sub-par rounds, the best current streak on the Champions Tour and it was also his 33rd consecutive round par/better. Both are the best streaks on the Champions Tour in 2014.

With his win, Haas earns $240,000 and increases his 2014 earnings to $1,611,874, his best season for earnings since 2009 when he won $1,758,395. The win also entitles him to a two-year exemption to the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

The win was also his 15th top-10 finish this year compared to just seven in 2013. A year ago, Haas’ earnings totaled $846,699 and so far this year he has increased that total by $765,175.

Jay Haas also earned 240 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race and is third with 1,879 points.

Player Notes:

  • With just one event remaining before the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, here is where players currently 27-36 on the money list stand following the conclusion of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic.

Current Position

Position Last Week

Name

2014 Earnings

27th

24th (-3)

Mark Brooks

$625,455

28th

34th (+6)

Joe Durant

$619,965

29th

25th (-4)

Woody Austin

$619,535

30th

28th (-2)

Mark Calcavecchia

$606,999

31st

30th (-1)

Esteban Toledo

$602,730 (-$4,269)

32nd

32nd (—)

Rocco Mediate

$581,223 (-$25,776)

33rd

33rd (—)

Roger Chapman

$576,709 (-$30,290)

34th

31st (-3)

Steve Pate

$566,115 (-$40,884)

35th

36th (+1)

Bill Glasson

$488,840 (-$118,159)

36th

35th (-1)

Mark McNulty

$486,297 (-$120,702)

  • With Bernhard Langer not playing this week and Colin Montgomerie failing to crack the top 10, there was no change in the top two spots in the in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Langer continues to lead with 3,762, 771 points ahead of Montgomerie. However, Jay Haas picked up 240 points but remains third with 1,879 points.
  • Sixty-two-year-old Wayne Levi recorded his best finish since 2011 (T3 with Keith Fergus at Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf) when he was T6 on Sunday. He had three consecutive rounds in the 60s. It was the first time he had done that since the 2010 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
  • Kirk Triplett was unable to back up his win at last week’s SAS Championship, but his T2 finish helped him enjoy a two-week run in North Carolina. During this two-week span, he was a combined 29-under-par and earned $443,000. It was Triplett’s third consecutive top-10 finish and fourth in his last five starts. During this run he has earned $586,180 which has helped him move from 10th to fourth on the current money list.
  • After coming into the event 34th on the money list, Joe Durant’s T2 finish helped him vault six places and into the top 30 which would earn him a spot in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship later this month in Scottsdale.
  • Skip Kendall’s T6 finish earned him a berth in next week’s AT&T Championship in San Antonio as a top-10 finisher not otherwise exempt.  Kendall’s earnings in just four events are now $204,497 and he is now 63rd on the money list. Kendall was T49 after Friday’s opening round.
  • With Joe Durant moving into the top 30 on the money list, there are currently nine rookies among the top 30.
  • David Frost became the 11th player to surpass the $1 million mark in earnings this year on Sunday.
  • Joe Durant led all players with 20 birdies.
  • Roger Chapman led all players in greens in regulation at 94.4%, hitting 51 of 54 during the event.
  • Jeff Hart narrowly missed tying the Champions Tour mark in driving accuracy for an event, hitting 41 of 42. Three players have hit all 42 in competition, including Hale Irwin, Calvin Peete and Ed Dougherty.
  • Willie Wood started his day with an eagle and ended his day with an eagle.
  • Anders Forsbrand was disqualified following his round for signing an incorrect scorecard.
  • Defending champion Michael Allen finished T26.

 Course Notes:

  • The field averaged 69.654 on Sunday, the lowest average for the three rounds and overall the average was 69.866. A total of 38 players had rounds in the 60s and 53 finished below par, 11 more than on Saturday. A year ago the field averaged 69.805.
  • The most difficult hole for the tournament was No. 15 with an average score of 4.282 (+.282) followed by No. 17 at 3.147 (+.147). The easiest was No. 1 at 4.517 (-.483) followed by No. 18 at 4.576 (-.424).

Source: PGA TOUR

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Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

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