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The washout of the second round forced the Bob Hope Classic to finish on Monday. And what a finish it was. The tournament did not have the strongest field, but don't tell that to Bill Haas who, made a short birdie putt on the 18th hole to earn his first PGA Tour victory at the Bob Hope Classic, beating Matt Kuchar, Tim Clark and Bubba Watson by one stroke with an 8-under 64.
Haas was the last of three co-leaders to play the 18th, and an outstanding approach shot allowed him to two-putt his way to a 30-under 330 finish Monday.
Kuchar and Tim Clark both had birdie chances on the par-5 18th but both missed their putts. Fourth-round co-leader Bubba Watson birdied the 18th to grab a share of second place.
Haas spent the day trailing Matt Kucher,who came from three shots back and shot up theleaderboard. He had eight birdies in his first 11 holes, but only one in the last seven.
Rookie Alex Prugh, who shared the lead with Watson entering the final round, started slowly but closed with three straight birdies to finish fifth at 28 under in his third career PGA Tour event. Mike Weir was sixth at 26 under.
Haas joined his father Jay as a Hope champion, Jay being the 1988 Hope champion. They’re the eighth father-son combination to win on the PGA Tour.
Next up the Farmers Insurance Open, and the 2010 debut of the #2 golfer in the world. Nick Watney will defend his title.
WATSON TAKES OPENER
60 year old Tom Watson sunk a 4 foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, defeating Fred Couples by one stroke
On the 18th Watson pushed his drive into the right rough, then hit a great second shot with a pitching wedge from 147 yards that rolled 20 feet on the 18th green and stopped 4 feet from the hole.
Couples just missed his 15-foot birdie putt to the left on the final hole. Watson calmly sank the winner and waved his cap to the roaring crowd.
The big-hitting Couples, who led all players with a 314-yard average drive, closed with a bogey-free 64, the lowest round of the day.
Watson was on fire on the back nine getting five birdies. He had six on each of the first two days.
Couples birdied the par-4 16th for a one-stroke lead over Watson at 21 under. After a big drive, he hit a wedge from 118 yards to 12 feet.
But Watson tied Couples for the lead on No. 17 by sinking a 6-foot birdie putt.
Michael Allen birdied the final hole for a 66 to finish third at 18 under, a stroke ahead of Tom Lehman . Both men played last week in the PGA Tour’s Sony Open, with Lehman tying for 16th and Allen tying for 25th.
Hale Irwin, a two-time champion at Hualalai, closed with a 64 to finish fifth at 14 under. It was his second top-10 finish in a row after going 41 straight tournaments without one.
KAYMER TAKES ABU DHABI
Martin Kaymer birdied the 18th hole to win the Abu Dhabi Championship on Sunday, giving him a one-shot victory over Ian Poulter. Kaymer has won the title two of the last three years
The German sank a 2-foot putt for his sixth birdie in a 6-under 66 to finish at 21-under 267 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club and earn his fifth European Tour title. Poulter of England finished with a 66 after missing a 15-foot birdie putt to force a playoff.
Rory McIlroy,the Irish Golf Writers Association 2009 Professional Golfer of the year, was third after a 67.
Kaymer led by a shot overnight and opened the final round with two birdies to keep even with Poulter, who picked up three shots in his first three holes.
After Poulter laid up with his second shot at the par-5 18th, Kaymer hit a 3-wood from 277 yards on to the green. The German two-putted to take the $391,000 winner’s check.
The tour moves to Qatar for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Alvara Quiros defends.
IN OTHER NEWS
47-year-old Bart Bryant is on his way to a sixth surgery .
Bryant, whose three PGA Tour titles include a six-shot victory over Tiger Woods at the 2005 Tour Championship, is preparing for surgery on his left wrist that most likely will keep him out the entire year.
He felt pain in the wrist toward the end of 2008, tried to play through the injury most of last year and finally shut it down after the John Deere Classic in July.
He has extensive loss of cartilage in his left wrist, causing the bones to shift. He said doctors planned to fuse the bones.
(AP) Jim Thorpe has been sentenced to a year in prison for failing to pay more than $2 million in income taxes.
Thorpe must turn himself in to authorities by April 1. The golfer also was sentenced to two years of supervised release and 200 hours of community service. He must try to repay the taxes while he’s on supervised release.
In September, Thorpe pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to pay income taxes and had faced up to two years in prison.
Thorpe has won 13 times on the Champions Tour and three times on the PGA Tour.
Phil Mickelson will open his U.S. PGA Tour season next week in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
Mickelson took 10 weeks off and will return at Torrey Pines, where he has won three times but not since 2001.
Mickelson is the only player from the top 10 in the world, with Robert Allenby and Ernie Els making it three out of the top 20.
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