Taking advantage of perfect conditions and a relaxed pairing with close friend Fred Couples, Jay Haas matched the Champions Tour record...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Taking advantage of perfect conditions and a relaxed pairing with close friend Fred Couples, Jay Haas matched the Champions Tour record with a 10-under 60 to open a five-stroke lead Friday in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Desert Mountain’s Cochise course.
The 58-year-old Haas made a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th after hitting his second shot into a greenside bunker and leaving his eagle blast short.
“It was just a very magical day for me,” said Haas, who is 14 under overall. “I had a great pairing. I love playing with Freddie. … One of those that you don’t want to end.”
Haas became the eighth player in the history of the 50-and-over tour to shoot 60, and the first since Nick Price last year in the Toshiba Classic.
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Tom Lehman was second in the season-ending event after a 63, moving into position to win the Charles Schwab Cup points race. Bernhard Langer, 211 points ahead of second-place Lehman, was tied for fifth at 6 under after a 65.
Couples (66) was third at 8 under.
“Wow! What a round he had,” Couples said about Haas. “I had a good time, 4-under par. I’m not going to complain, but when a guy is shooting 10 under, it seems like you’re shooting 80.”
Couples, a Seattle native, is playing for the first time since a back injury forced him to withdraw during the first round of the Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in late August.
“I’m excited to be out here playing,” Couples said.
Pullman High School graduate Kirk Triplett shot a 68 and was tied for eighth, nine shots behind Haas.
Oosthuizen leads by 5
SHENZHEN, China — On another big stage against a strong field, Louis Oosthuizen made it look easy.
Oosthuizen again took advantage of the par 5s at Mission Hills, shooting a 9-under 63 on Friday in the HSBC Champions to build a five-shot lead and break a World Golf Championships record that previously belonged to Tiger Woods.
Along with opening a five-shot lead over Ernie Els — his South African mentor — Oosthuizen reached 16-under 128. That’s the lowest score to par through 36 holes in any World Golf Championships event.
• South Korea’s Jiyai Shin and Japan’s Ayako Uehara shot 4-under 68s to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s Mizuno Classic in Shima, Japan. Jimin Kang, a King’s High School of Shoreline standout, was tied for 48th after a 74.