In-form Jay Haas captured the 67th US Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club on Sunday, beating fellow American Brad Bryant in a play-off, while the honour of the leading European Seniors Tour Member in the field went to Katsuyoshi Tomori of Japan.
Haas and Bryant had finished regulation play locked on five under par 279 and it took three extra holes before they were finally separated.
After parring both the 18th and first holes, the pair returned to the 18th once more. Haas got up and down from a front-right greenside bunker, draining a testy 12-foot par putt to leave Bryant with a four-footer to extend the play-off to a fourth hole.
However, Bryant hit a weak putt that slipped past the left side of the cup, ultimately handing Haas the championship and his third consecutive US Champions Tour win.
“I was expecting to go to the next tee and I think when Brad missed I didn’t know what to do or where to go, who to look at, anything like that. It was a little relief, but definitely just bliss, joy,” admitted Haas after securing his third consecutive win on the US Champions Tour.
On another difficult, windy day in Edmond, Oklahoma, Tomori closed with a brilliant round of 67, four under par, to finish in a share of seventh place on one over for the championship. His European Seniors Tour colleague José Rivero of Spain produced a one over par 72 to climb into a share of 11th place on five over par 289.
Sam Torrance of Scotland, the leading European at the start of the fourth round, slipped back to seven over par after closing with a 76, alongside Ireland’s Mark McNulty, who closed with a 72.