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Water save worth millions to Haas

Bill Haas pumps his fist after clinching the FedEx Cup and Tour Championship titles on the third playoff hole.

Associated Press

Bill Haas pumps his fist after clinching the FedEx Cup and Tour Championship titles on the third playoff hole.

ATLANTA — Bill Haas had a sinking feeling when he heard the gallery groan, the first indication that his shot had tumbled down the slope and into the lake. When he saw the ball only half-submerged, he figured he still had the slightest chance.

To somehow save par.

Against all odds, to stay alive in his sudden-death playoff with Hunter Mahan at the Tour Championship, the richest playoff in golf history with FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus riding on the outcome.

"It was an all-or-nothing shot," Haas said. "So if I don't pull it off, I'm shaking Hunter's hand."

As he did through the final, frenzied hour at East Lake on Sunday, it worked to near perfection. Haas splashed the ball out onto the green to 3 feet for par, then won the Tour Championship — and the FedEx Cup — on the third extra playoff hole.

In the five-year history of this FedEx Cup, no finish was more compelling. A handful of players had a shot at the bonus with an hour left in the tournament until it came down to two: Haas and Mahan, in a sudden-death playoff with such high stakes that the difference between winning and losing was nearly $10 million.

Haas wound up winning a combined $11.44 million, including the FedEx Cup bonus. Mahan, who failed to save par from a bunker on the third extra hole, had to settle for $864,000 as the runnerup and $700,000 for finishing seventh in the FedEx Cup.

Haas won for the first time this year, and the payoff could be more than just a massive bank deposit. Fred Couples makes his final captain's pick on Tuesday for the Presidents Cup.

"I did what I could do," Haas said.

Woods hires Johnson caddie LaCava

ATLANTA — Tiger Woods hired Joe LaCava to be his third full-time caddie after LaCava decided to leave Dustin Johnson, one of the most talented young Americans.

LaCava approached Woods and his agent, Mark Steinberg, about the job, according to a story posted on Woods' website.

"Joe is an outstanding caddie, and I have known him for many years," Wood said in the story. "I've personally seen the great job he did for Freddie (Couples)."

Woods fired Steve Williams after nearly 13 years this summer after Williams worked for Adam Scott while Woods was recovering from a knee injury.

LaCava informed Johnson of his decision to leave after the final round of the Tour Championship, the Associated Press reported.

Europe takes Solheim

DUNSANY, Ireland — Europe won the Solheim Cup for the first time since 2003, finishing powerfully to beat the United States 15-13 at Killeen Castle.

Norway's Suzann Pettersen turned the momentum Europe's way when she recovered from 1-down with birdies at the last three holes to beat Michelle Wie by one hole.

Her win left Europe needing just one point from the last two singles to win the trophy. But the side captained by Alison Nicholas did even better.

Caroline Hedwall of the Netherlands earned a crucial halved match to give Europe a 14-13 lead when rookie Ryann O'Toole bogeyed 17 and 18.

Spain's Azahara Munoz birdied 17 in the final singles to go 1-up on Angela Stanford and guarantee Europe's victory.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome lost her Sunday match 2-up to Christel Boeljon.

Results

PGA Tour Championship

At Atlanta

Sunday

Final

 (x-won playoff on third hole)

xBill Haas (2,500) $1,440,000 68-67-69-68 272 -8

Hunter Mahan (1,500) $864,000 67-68-66-71 272 -8

K.J. Choi (767) $418,667 68-65-70-70 273 -7

Luke Donald (767) $418,667 66-68-70-69 273 -7

Aaron Baddeley (767) $418,667 68-69-64-72 273 -7

Jason Day (458) $272,000 67-67-69-71 274 -6

Charles Howell III (458) $272,000 67-71-68-68 274 -6

Adam Scott (458) $272,000 67-65-74-68 274 -6

Bo Van Pelt (400) $240,000 71-70-66-68 275 -5

Phil Mickelson (375) $227,200 68-70-67-71 276 -4

Keegan Bradley (338) $210,400 64-71-72-70 277 -3

Geoff Ogilvy (338) $210,400 69-68-72-68 277 -3

Jason Dufner (293) $190,400 66-70-73-69 278 -2

Gary Woodland (293) $190,400 72-68-72-66 278 -2

Steve Stricker (280) $176,000 68-70-69-72 279 -1

Fredrik Jacobson (268) $162,400 70-67-68-75 280 E

Vijay Singh (268) $162,400 74-67-70-69 280 E

Brandt Snedeker (268) $162,400 68-69-74-69 280 E

David Toms (268) $162,400 73-65-73-69 280 E

Matt Kuchar (253) $152,000 67-70-71-73 281 +1

Justin Rose (253) $152,000 69-75-70-67 281 +1

Webb Simpson (245) $147,200 69-70-70-73 282 +2

Dustin Johnson (238) $142,400 70-73-70-70 283 +3

Bubba Watson (238) $142,400 71-64-79-69 283 +3

John Senden (230) $137,600 73-71-69-71 284 +4

Chez Reavie (220) $132,800 66-77-68-74 285 +5

Nick Watney (220) $132,800 72-67-72-74 285 +5

Mark Wilson (220) $132,800 72-70-74-69 285 +5

Y.E. Yang (210) $129,600 72-70-75-72 289 +9

Jonathan Byrd (205) $128,000 70-74-73-75 292 +12

Water save worth millions to Haas 09/25/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2011 12:40am]
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