INDIAN WELLS, CALIF., JAN. 23 -- Jay Haas holed out a wedge shot for an eagle en route to a 68 and a one-stroke lead today after four rounds of the 90-hole, $1 million Bob Hope Classic.
"I was kind of shaky starting out . . . just scraped it around for a while, then I holed that wedge and it seemed to relax me," Haas said after the 45-50-yard shot found the cup on No. 8 at Bermuda Dunes.
"I don't know what it did to me inside but it was something. It definitely was the turning point."
His 4-under-par round gave him a 268 total, 20 under after a round on each of four desert courses.
He takes the one-shot lead over Bob Tway and two over Paul Azinger into Sunday's final round of the chase for a $180,000 first prize.
Tway scored two eagles in a 67 at La Quinta. Azinger, who in 1987 succeeded Tway as PGA player of the year, shot 70 at La Quinta.
"I felt it could have been a lot lower. I just putted so bad," said Azinger, who missed a four-foot eagle putt, a five-foot birdie and a two-foot par in the space of four holes.
Dave Edwards and Mark O'Meara were another three strokes back of Azinger and five off the pace at 273. Edwards had a 65 at Indian Wells and O'Meara shot 68 at Bermuda Dunes.
Chip Beck, Brett Upper and Donnie Hammond, a former winner of this tournament, followed at 274.
Arnold Palmer, 58, a five-time winner of this event, had a 70 in a foursome that included Hope and former president Gerald Ford. Palmer had a 286 total.