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Gutsy recovery earns Haas a huge payday

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 12:15 AM

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.

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.

SOLHEIM CUP: Europe won the 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.

EUROPEAN PGA: Kenneth Ferrie beat fellow-Englishman Simon Wakefield in a playoff to win the Austrian Open in Atzenbrugg, Austria, for his first European Tour title since 2005 and third overall.

Ferrie and Wakefield both carded a 67 to finish 12-under 276 for the tournament. In the playoff, Wakefield's approach to the green landed in the rough. Ferrie holed a 7-foot birdie to wrap up the victory.

WOODS' CADDIE: Tiger Woods has hired Joe LaCava to be his third full-time caddie, The Associated Press learned Sunday.

Two people aware of the deal said LaCava decided to leave Dustin Johnson, one of the most talented young Americans, to go to work for the former world No. 1, who hasn't won in the last two years.

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