AT&T National 2013: Day 4 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
Bill Haas' five-under 66 on Sunday made him the winner at the 2013 AT&T National in Bethesda, Md. by three strokes over Roberto Castro. Haas' play got better as the tournament progressed, and he saved his best for last.
Here's a look at the final leaderboard.
Click here to see full leaderboard at PGATour.com.
Haas received the trophy from 2012's champion, Tiger Woods. Golf Channel's Jason Sobel describes the scene:
Tiger Woods gave Bill Haas a big bro-hug coming off 18th green. Saved him from handing over the trophy to a guy he's never met before.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) June 30, 2013
Haas Smoking on Sunday
The 31-year-old from Charlotte, N.C. captured his first tournament win of the year. He built on his second-place finish at the CVS Caremark Charity Classic by notching birdies on five of his last 11 holes.
That strong finish squashed the chances of any would-be challengers.
Sunday was Haas' second bogey-less round of the tournament and with Lee and Castro nipping at his heels, he held firm to finish strong.
Take a look at Haas' birdie on the par-three second hole.
Lee Catches Fire Too Late
Though Haas took home the win, the best round of the final day belonged to D.H. Lee. He fired a seven-under 64 to put pressure on the leaders.
His superb putting throughout the tournament was most impressive. The PGA Tour's official Twitter account recognizes Lee's skill.
Today D.H. Lee (64) became the first player this year to crack the 200 foot mark in total footage of putts made in one round. #golfstats— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 30, 2013
He finished four shots back because of his horrible showing on Saturday. Lee's three-over 75 in the third round came with five bogeys, one double bogey and a one obscene gesture at some fans.
Robert Matre of the On Green Golf show caught Lee in the act Saturday (retweeted by USA Today's Sam Pennington).
As good as Lee's day was on Sunday, he actually bogeyed the 10th and 11th holes. Had he just managed par on those holes, he would have been nine under for the day but still two shots behind Haas.
This birdie on two was just one of the bright spots from Lee's final round.
Castro on the Cusp, but Still Not a Winner
The 23-year-old Texan notched his first top-five finish of the year, but he simply wasn't good enough on Sunday. Because of Haas' steadiness, Castro needed something special to overtake him.
There is no shame in a two-under 69 in the final round of a PGA event, but it wasn't enough to catch the winner.
He bogeyed the first hole of the day and seemed to be a little less aggressive the rest of the way. Castro picked up three birdies in the round, but at one point Castro was tied for the lead at seven-under.
Haas turned it on to close the show—Castro didn't.
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What Win Means as Open Championship Approaches
The Open Championship begins on July 18, and while there are three PGA events scheduled before then, this tournament could help to provide momentum for those that excelled.
Obviously, Haas is the main player who stands to gain confidence, but Castro and Lee should also feel good about some or all of their performance.
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