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Bill Haas takes Viking Classic by 3 Strokes

Graham DeLaet cashed his second six-figure cheque of the season Sunday and took a big step to retaining his PGA Tour card.

The golfer from Weyburn, Sask., closed with a 4-under 68 in the final round of the Viking Classic to finish at 10-under 278, in a tie for fifth place five shots back of winner Bill Haas.

DeLaet had six birdies and a pair of bogeys Sunday and came home with $131,400 US, the second biggest payday of his season and bumped him to 114th place on the money list. The top 125 players get to keep their cards.

Bill Haas’ comfortable lead disappeared on the back but he rallied with three late birdies to escape with his second win of the season.

Haas closed with an even-par 72 to finish at 15-under-par 273. His other victory was in January at the Bob Hope Classic.

“I always said, after winning one, you want to win two. Now I want to win a third. And next week, I plan on playing, and we all start at even,” said Haas, who earned $648,000 for the win.

“I was kind of disappointed with the way the year ended up, you know, missing out on the Tour Championship. So to come here in the Fall finish, basically to get another go at it and to come out on top here is really sweet.”

Michael Allen, the 2009 Senior PGA champion, grabbed a piece of the lead after 12 holes, but faltered to a double-bogey on the 13th. He never recovered. Allen posted a one-under 71 to take second place at minus-12.

Brendon de Jonge (72) and D.J. Trahan (69) shared third at Annandale Golf Club at 11-under-par 277.

Haas left his third shot in a bunker on the 11th, then two-putted for bogey to slip to 15-under, where he was one ahead of Allen, who was making a run.

Allen birdied the ninth and 11th to move to minus-14.

Haas missed the green at the par-three 12th and was unable to save par. That created a tie for the lead between the two players in the final group, Haas and Allen.

The big turning point came at the 13th. Haas drained a 15-footer for birdie, while Allen’s drive bounced out of bounds. That led to a double-bogey, which dropped him three back.

“It looked like he was starting to get a little nervous or play a few straight shots, and I was kind of gaining on him,” Allen said of Haas. “And then I really hit a good drive on 13. It was just a terrible bounce.

“Ball bounced 30 yards left and out of bounds. After that, I had some good opportunities and I just couldn’t make them.”

Haas faltered to another bogey at the 14th. He bounced back with a nine-footer for birdie on 16. Haas ran home a 26-foot birdie effort at 17 to extend his lead back to three. Both Haas and Allen bogeyed the last to give Haas the three-shot victory.

“Even though I still had a couple of bogeys coming in, to make three birdies on 13, 16, 17, were not easy, but that was pretty sweet to do that,” said Haas.

Haas found a bunker with his approach to the first and that led to an opening bogey. He got up and down for birdie on the par-five fifth and moved to 16-under with a six-foot birdie putt on No. 7.

The 28-year-old carried a three-stroke lead to the back nine as he parred three straight holes from the eighth.

Chris Stroud, who entered the event 125th on the money list, closed with a 1-under 71 to share fifth place with Jonathan Byrd (70) and Graham DeLaet (68) at 10-under-par 278. Stroud moved to 111th on the money list

Brett Wetterich (70), Ken Duke (70) and Johnson Wagner (68) tied for eighth place at minus-9.

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