Haas bests Mahan in playoff to win FedEx Cup, $10 million
In the richest playoff in golf history, Bill Haas came up with the shots that matched the money.
With his ball half-submerged on the bank of a lake, Haas blasted out of the water to about 3 feet to save par on the second playoff hole against Hunter Mahan, then got up-and-down for par on the 18th green to win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.
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Haas won a combined $11.44 million — including $10 million for capturing the FedEx Cup.
"It was all or nothing," Haas said of his shot from the water left of the 17th green.
That's what this playoff felt like.
Mahan had to settle for $864,000 for his runner-up finish, and $700,000 for finishing seventh in the FedEx Cup. The difference between winning and losing was $9.876 million.
Haas won for the first time this year, and the payoff could be more than just a massive bank deposit. Fred Couples makes his final captain's pick on Tuesday for the Presidents Cup, and Haas put on quite a show.
Even if Couples wasn't watching, his assistant captain had a great view: Jay Haas, Bill's dad, was in the gallery at East Lake, and raised his arms as his 29-year-old son delivered the most riveting conclusion in the five-year history of the FedEx Cup.
"I'm proud of him the way he came back," Jay Haas said.
Only a week ago, Haas was poised to make the Presidents Cup on his own until a 42 on the back nine at Cog Hill. He was atop the leader board Saturday at East Lake until a bogey-double bogey finish. And he almost let it get away from him again. Haas had a three-shot lead when he walked off the 15th green, only to make bogey from the trees on the 16th and bogey from the gallery on the 18th for a 2-under 68.
Mahan had to make par on the 232-yard closing hole. He hit a clutch chip — the biggest weakness in his game — and holed a 5-foot par putt for a 71 to join Haas in the high-stakes playoff.
Woods to hire Dustin Johnson's caddie
Tiger Woods has hired Joe LaCava to be his third full-time caddie. Two sources told The Associated Press that LaCava decided to leave Dustin Johnson, one of the most talented young Americans, to go to work for the former world No. 1.
David Winkle, Johnson's agent at Hambric Sports Management, confirmed LaCava was going to work for Woods and a search for a new caddie would begin immediately.
"Needless to say, Dustin and I were completely surprised, as they have enjoyed a great relationship and have been very successful together," Winkle said. "Nonetheless, we think highly of Joe, both as a caddie and a person, which is why he was hired in the first place. We wish him nothing but the best with his new employer."
Woods fired Steve Williams after nearly 13 years this summer after Williams worked for Adam Scott while Woods was recovering from a knee injury.
Europe defeats U.S. in Solheim Cup
Europe won the Solheim Cup for the first time since 2003 on Sunday, finishing powerfully to beat the United States 15-13 at Killeen Castle in Dunsany, Ireland. Norway's Suzann Pettersen turned the momentum Europe's way when she recovered from 1 down with birdies at the last three holes to beat Michelle Wie by one hole.
Her win left Europe needing just one point from the last two singles to win the trophy but the side captained by Alison Nicholas did even better.
Caroline Hedwall of the Netherlands — 2 down with two holes to play — earned a crucial halved match to give Europe a 14-13 lead when rookie Ryann O'Toole bogeyed the 17th and 18th.
Spain's Azahara Munoz birdied the 17th in the final singles to go 1 up on Angela Stanford and guarantee Europe's victory before closing out a one-hole win at the last.
Cats go on offensive to beat S. Carolina
A season-best offensive performance guided Kentucky's volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-21, 25-13, 21-25, 25-15) victory at South Carolina on Sunday. UK posted a .398 hitting percentage and had three players in double figures in kills.
With the win, Kentucky improved to 12-3 on the season and 3-1 in Southeastern Conference play.
"I thought we played really well for the most part on the road," UK Coach Craig Skinner said. "South Carolina had a great crowd and it really is a tough place to play. We had a lot of people step up offensively and we really terminated the ball well."
Ann Armes had 11 kills and a career-best .647 hitting percentage. Becky Pavan led the way with 15 kills, while Ashley Frazier had 14 kills. "Becky took over in game four and helped seal the win for us," Skinner said.
UK gets 1st win at Alabama since 2003
Kelsey Hunyadi and Caitlin Landis both scored two goals to lead Kentucky's women's soccer team (8-2-0) to a 4-1 victory, its first win at Alabama (6-3-1) since 2003. All four goals for Kentucky came in the second half. Hunyadi struck first in the 48th minute, and she followed that up with a goal on a penalty kick in the 61st minute. Hunyadi also had an assist.
"You could see it in Kelsey's focus ... that she was ready for this game," UK Coach Jon Lipsitz said.
The last word
On Sunday in Cincinnati, there were only 43,363 fans at 65,500-seat Paul Brown Stadium, the Bengals' smallest crowd for a home opener since they played at Riverfront Stadium in 1981. Defensive tackle Domata Peko said:
"They were pretty loud, even though there weren't as many people here. That's who you play for, your fans and your family. The only way we're going to get more people here is to win games."