By Caley Beacham
Haas wins Humana Challenge
AJGA alum Bill Haas secured his sixth PGA TOUR win at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. This win shot Haas up 118 spots in the FedExCup Rankings to No. 9. Haas used a final-round 5-under-par 67 to earn the win, but it wasn’t without drama.
Haas held a one-shot lead when he reached No. 18, and landed in a bunker off the tee. While five players waited for a potential six-player sudden-death playoff, Haas two-putted for par and the win. Three AJGA alumni were in a five-way tie for second, including Charley Hoffman, Brendan Steele and Matt Kuchar.
Haas had six top-10 finishes while playing with the AJGA, including one win at the 1998 AJGA Greensboro Chrysler Junior. Haas also finished T2 in the 1999 AJGA Greater Greensboro Chrysler and was a runner-up at the 1999 Polo Golf Junior Classic. Hoffman and Kuchar competed against each other in the 1994 Rolex Tournament of Champions. Steele’s best AJGA finish was second at the 2001 AJGA Ashworth Junior Classic at Quail Ranch.
Former AJGA stars shine on European Tour
Of the nine former AJGA players who competed at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, three finished in the top five. Eddie Pepperell finished fourth, and Byeong-Hun An and Emiliano Grillo were part of a three-way tie for fifth. Pepperell played in just one AJGA tournament, the 2008 Thunderbird International Junior, but An and Grillo competed in several events and are former Rolex Junior All-Americans.
An represented the East in the 2009 Wyndham Cup, was a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and won the 2006 Nike Golf Junior at Marshallia Ranch. Grillo was named a first-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2009 and 2010 and won The PING Invitational in 2009. An and Grillo competed together in eight tournaments during their time playing with the AJGA.