Jay Haas beat John Adams with a routine par on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff for the title and the $45,000 first prize in the Hall of Fame Classic at Pinehurst, N.C.
Haas, who came from three strokes off the pace with a no-bogey final round of 66, was forced to the playoff when Adams rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the last hole of regulation play. Adams, who had only two other top-10 finishes in his five-year PGA Tour career, shot a final-round 69, matching Haas' 276 total, eight shots under par on the No. 2 course at the Pinehurst Country Club.
Adams, who led or shared the lead through the first three rounds, chipped close and made the putt to salvage par on the first playoff hole. Both Haas and Adams drove the fairway on the next hole. Haas put his approach pin high and some 10-12 feet from the cup. Adams' second shot was short of the green and he chipped well by the hole. Haas then two-putted for par and Adams missed his par-saving putt.
It was the farewell performance for this event, for 10 years a fixture on the PGA Tour. It drops off the schedule next season and will be replaced by a $1 million, five-day tournament in Las Vegas . . .
Sandra Haynie and Kathy McMullen combined for a seven-under-par 65 to win the $120,000 Ping Team golf championship in Portland, Ore., by two strokes. McMullen, 32, clinched the victory with a 20-foot downhill birdie putt on the par-4, 370-yard 17th hole. Haynie and McMullen finished with a 54-hole score of 20-under par 196. Lori Garbacz and Patti Rizzo finished tied for second with Sharon Barrett and Nancy Rubin at 18-under-par 198 . . .
Billy Casper captured his second straight tournament on the Senior PGA Tour by sinking a 12-foot birdie putt on the fourth overtime hole to win the $125,000 Merrill Lynch-Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am at Newport, R.I., in a sudden-death playoff over Bob Toski. Both golfers were tied at 10-under-par 206 after 54 holes of regulation play on the Newport Court Club's 6,566-yard course. Casper, 51, started the day tied for second place.