INDIAN WELLS, CALIF., JAN. 24 -- With the last two Players of the Year unable to make a move, Jay Haas needed only a 2-under-par 70 final round to score a two-stroke victory today in the Bob Hope Classic.
"The longest day of my life," he said.
Haas, who led or shared the lead throughout the last round, won the seventh title of his 12-year PGA Tour career with a 338 total, 22 strokes under par for this five-day, 90-hole event.
His uncle, television commentator and former Masters champion Bob Goalby, walked with him as Haas got the biggest prize of his career, $180,000 from the purse of $1 million.
David Edwards finished with a 5-under-par 67 at Indian Wells and claimed second, worth $108,000, at 340.
"I'm kind of surprised," Edwards said. "With those guys so far in front, I didn't figure the rest of us had much of a shot at it."
Haas led Bob Tway by one shot and Paul Azinger by two, with the rest of the pack well back going into the last round.
But Tway, who won the 1986 PGA and Player of the Year titles, couldn't challenge and Azinger, the 1987 Player of the Year, ruined his chances with his putter.
That set it up for Haas to stay in front with 10 consecutive pars. He ended with an eight-foot birdie putt on the 18th.
Tway matched par 72 on the shortest course on the PGA Tour and held on for third at 341.
"I just didn't play as well as I had earlier in the week," Tway said. "To tell the truth, it wasn't really spectacular out there."
Azinger shot a 75 that included a five-putt triple-bogey on the fourth hole and a four-putt double-bogey on the 11th. He tied for 10th at 345.
Payne Stewart, Scott Hoch and Mark O'Meara tied for fourth at 342. Stewart closed with a 65. Hoch had a 67.