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Haas (22-under) wins Humana Challenge for 2nd time

Final Round –PGA Tour – Humana Challenge –PGA West Palmer Private – La Quinta, California –

With the crowded leader board and several players already in the clubhouse at 21-under, Bill Haas rolled in a birdie on the 16th at PGA West Palmer Private and finished par-par to win the PGA Tour’s Humana Challenge by a stroke.

Haas, who shot 67 to end up 22-under overall, shared the lead throughout the afternoon in the California desert as contenders drew closer throughout the back-nine. In the end, Matt Kuchar slid a 10-foot birdie putt to tie just off the edge at the 72nd hole to set the stage for Haas, who won this title in 2010 and was a runner-up in 2011.

Haas navigated a two-putt par at the par-5 18th hole to seal his sixth PGA Tour career victory. Sitting at 41st in the Official World Golf Ranking heading into the week, Haas was a co-leader at 17-under alongside Michael Putnam, Justin Thomas and Erik Compton.

Charley Hoffman (64 in the final round) finished T-2 alongside Brendan Steele, Sung Joon Park, Steve Wheatcroft and Kuchar.

Haas, the 2010 FedEx Cup champion, was a 28-to-1 betting selection at www.skybet.com. He converted the big putts on the homeward nine holes. After a bogey at No. 3 early in his day, he ended up with four birdies and an eagle on his round.

Other Golf news:

  • Peter Oosterhuis, 66, announced his is retiring from his 20-year broadcasting career. Oosterhuis won seven times on the European Tour and once on the PGA Tour during his playing career.
  • Webb Simpson shot a bogey-free 8-under-64 in his final round at the Humana to log a T-7 effort. He was the first player in the clubhouse at 20-under but it turned out to be two strokes shy of Haas. Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson and Luke Donald missed the cut in Palm Springs.
  • Phil Mickelson and defending champion Patrick Reed finished T-24 at 15-under at the Humana.
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez and Rocco Mediate – overnight co-leaders in Hawaii – are dueling at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Kona on the Champions Tour. Mark O’Meara is 5-under through eight holes to tie for the lead at 13-under. Colin Montgomerie and Wes Short Jr. are also in the mix.