2008 Senior PGA Championship
For more than a decade Jay Haas had been using his admittedly disappointing performance in the 1995 Ryder Cup Matches at Oak Hill as an inspirational tool to push himself to future greatness.
He never forgot the wayward tee shot he struck on the 18th hole of his singles match with Europe’s Philip Walton, a swing that doomed him and helped secure the United States’ defeat. Haas vowed that someday he would turn that experience into a positive.
Clinging to a one-shot lead over Bernhard Langer as he strode to the final hole of the 69th Senior PGA Championship, Haas thought back to 1995 and said to himself, “Well, you've been talking about this, so it's time to put up or shut up.” A solid par secured the victory for Haas, his second Senior PGA win in the last 3 years.
On a course that proved to be a brutally difficult test for the world’s finest 50-and-over golfers, Haas posted a 7-over-par total of 287—highest ever in a 72-hole major event at Oak Hill—to edge Langer by a stroke. -by Sal Maiorana