(BOISE, ID – September 19, 2010) – Hunter Haas fired a 7-under 64 Sunday to win the Albertsons Boise Open by one stroke and collect his second title of the 2010 Nationwide Tour season. Haas tied the tournament record with his 21-under 263 total to beat 54-hole leader Daniel Summerhays (69) but more importantly assured himself of a trip to the PGA TOUR in 2011.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “Quite honestly I had a pretty slow start to the season but once I got the engines revved up I’ve been going pretty good.”
Haas’ fourth career win was worth $130,500 and vaulted him from No. 12 to No. 4 on the money list. The 25 leading money winners at the end of the year will earn a spot on the PGA TOUR next year.
“I’m going to be confident for the rest of the year and hopefully I can take that into the next season,” said Haas, who played full seasons on Tour in 2001 and 2005.
The 33-year old Texan started the final round three shots back of Summerhays, who was looking for his second career win but first as a professional.
“I was in my hotel room last night and thought that I had to have to the low round of the day,” said Haas, who tied for the low round Sunday with Jamie Lovemark (T7). “I knew that was the only way I was going to have a chance.”
Summerhays ran off three consecutive birdies starting at No. 2 and got to 20-under par. The former Brigham Young University star missed several chances as the day wore on and had to settle for 14 straight pars to end the day.
“I felt like I played my best golf today. I really did,” he said. “I drove it the best I drove it all week, hit a lot of good wedge shots and I skimmed the edges on probably four or five putts. One of these Sundays is going to be mine.”
Haas, playing two groups in front of Summerhays, chased down the leader with five birdies on the front nine and then canned another birdie at No. 10 to tie for the lead. Nothing changed on the leaderboard until Haas got up and down from a greenside bunker at the par-5 16th hole with a 20-foot birdie putt.
“I knew I had to birdie 16,” he said. “It was relieving. I hit some good putts for birdie and they didn’t go in.”
He made plenty this week, finishing No. 1 in putting.
“To be honest you have to feel like you’re the best putter. You have to think you can make everything you look at,” he said. “If you don’t, you’ll be on the putting green for nine hours and get nothing accomplished. It’s all confidence.”
*Hunter Haas’ Sunday 64 is the best final round score of his career. He had previously shot 65 five different times, including this year’s Price Cutter Charity Championship, which he won by six strokes.
*Haas’ 64 also matches his career-low score. Haas has previously posted a 64 four times, the last coming at the 2008 Chattanooga Classic.
*South Carolina rookie Mark Anderson fired a 3-under 68 Sunday to finish at 13-under and T15. Anderson earned enough money to jump from No. 52 to No. 46 on the money list and all but assured himself of reaching the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island, a short drive from his home in Beaufort. Anderson will fly to Charleston on Monday to participate in the tournament’s Media Day and then fly back to Midland, Texas, on Tuesday for next week’s WNB Golf Classic.
*Jamie Lovemark carded a 7-under 64 and finished at 16-under 268. Lovemark wound up T7, his eighth top-10 finish this season. Lovemark, a playoff winner at the Mexico Open, has made the cut in 13 of 19 starts this season. He also earned $23,381, pushing his season total to $416,669 and vaulting him back over Chris Kirk and into the No. 1 spot on the money list.
*Lovemark’s season total of $416,669 is already the seventh-best single-season mark in Tour history. Lovemark’s paycheck today makes him the 11th player in Tour history to go over the $400,000 mark.
*Lovemark and Chris Kirk have now both gone over the $400,000 mark with six events left on the 2010 schedule. This marks the fourth straight year that at least two players have topped $400,000 but it is the first time that is has happened prior to the final event of the year, the Nationwide Tour Championship. Four out of seven players in that stretch did not go over $400,000 until the final tournament:
2007 Richard Johnson (won Tour Championship), Roland Thatcher
2008 Matt Bettencourt (won Tour Champ.), Brendon DeJonge, Jeff Klauk (2nd in Tour Champ.)
2009 Michael Sim, Chad Collins (T7 Tour Championship)
2010 Jamie Lovemark (Albertsons Boise Open), Chris Kirk (Knoxville News Sentinel Open)
*Patrick Sheehan birdied three of his final four holes for a 5-under 66 and a T7 finish, his third straight top-10 finish on Tour. Sheehan missed the cut at the Price Cutter Charity Championship and was No. 121 on the money list. Since then, he was solo fifth at the Mylan Classic and moved to No. 87. He was T10 at last week’s Utah Championship and jumped to No. 73. This week he moved to No. 62. This is the first time in his career that he has had three consecutive top-10s.
*Jhonattan Vegas birdied the final two holes for a 66 and a 17-under total. Vegas, winner of the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open, tied for third this week after a T2 at last week’s Utah Championship.
*Bradley Iles failed to make an eagle today, leaving him with five for the week. Iles had three eagles on par-5s Friday and added two more eagles in Saturday’s third round. His five eagles ties the Nationwide Tour’s all-time record for most eagles in a tournament — Chirs Smith, 1997 Omaha Classic.
*Daniel Summerhays collected $78,300 for his second runner-up finish of the year. The payday moved him from No. 17 to No. 8 on the money list and should be more than enough for a berth on the PGA TOUR next year.
*Vermont rookie Keegan Bradley finished in a tie for third this week and cracked the top-25 on the money list. Bradley moved from No. 34 to No. 22 with six weeks left on the schedule.
*John Mallinger, on hiatus from the PGA TOUR after barely missing out on the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, tied for third this week after a T7 at last week’s Utah Championship. Mallinger, No. 128 on that money list, has pocketed $51,942 the past two weeks. He will return to the Tour for the Fall Series, which starts in a couple of weeks.
By Joe Chemycz, PGA TOUR staff
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