SAN ANTONIO – Jay Haas won his second Champions Tour title in three weeks, shooting a second straight 5-under 66 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Tom Purtzer at the SBC Championship.

Haas finished at 14-under 199 and won for the third time in his career at Oak Hills Country Club, site of his Texas Open victories in 1982 and 1993, two of nine PGA Tour wins.

“I just feel like I’m going to shoot a good round when I come out here,” said Haas, who won the Greater Hickory Classic two weeks ago and was tied for fifth last week at the Administaff Small Business Classic.

Haas, who has also competed in 16 PGA Tour events this season, earned $232,500 for the win and raised his Champions Tour earnings to $744,653 in nine tournaments.

Purtzer, who began the final round tied for 20th, had eight birdies, including four straight starting at No. 3, and closed with a 63 to reach 12 under.

Former European Ryder Cup captain Mark James had a final-round 70 and was third at 11 under. Dana Quigley (72) and R.W. Eaks (66) tied for fourth another stroke back, and Tom Kite (67), Jerry Pate (68) and Gil Morgan (69) finished five strokes behind the winner.

Haas bean the final round two strokes behind Quigley, the 2002 winner. But the Champions Tour’s leading money winner fell out of contention on the back nine, making bogey on the last three holes.

“My putter failed me, but I probably failed my putter,” said Quigley, who missed short putts on each of the last three holes. “I think I got a little flat after the bogey on 16.”

Glover wins Disney in Fantasyland finish

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – In a script right out of Fantasyland, Lucas Glover captured his first PGA Tour victory Sunday with birdies on the last two holes, making a 40-foot putt from the fringe and a 35-foot bunker shot on the last hole to win the Funai Classic at Disney.

Glover, who closed with a 7-under 65, was among 10 players who had a chance to win over the final four holes under threatening skies across from the Magic Kingdom. When he went from the left rough into the front bunker on No. 18, it looked as though his best chance would be getting into a playoff.

Then came a dramatic finish, typical at this tournament.

His bunker shot exploded from the sand, high in the air, landed about 5 feet short of the cup and rolled in for birdie.

“I was trying to get it close and hope for the best,” Glover said. “And then the stinker went in.”

Glover finished at 23-under 265, and had to wait to make sure that held up. He was on the practice range, trying to stay loose as workers noisily tore down the grandstands behind him.

He stopped long enough to look across a strand of trees at Tom Pernice Jr., who had a 15-foot birdie putt to force a playoff. Pernice’s shoulders slumped when he struck the putt, which never had a chance.

“I didn’t hit a great putt,” said Pernice, who closed with a 69 but made only one birdie over the last 14 holes. “What are you going to do? Lucas played a great round. My hat’s off to him.”

Glover, a 25-year-old from South Carolina with an accent as thick as syrup, became the third Disney winner in the last four years to make this his first PGA Tour victory. He earned $792,000 and moved to 28th on the money list, giving him a good chance at going to East Lake in two weeks for the Tour Championship.

For Pernice, it was the first time in 30 starts that he finished in the top 10, but he was bitterly disappointed.

And he had plenty of company.

Justin Rose was on the verge of winning his first PGA Tour title and had the look of a winner when he hit a 6-iron into 8 feet on the 15th hole for a one-shot lead at 23 under. But he found the rough on the 16th and made bogey, then pulled his tee shot on the 18th into a hazard and dropped another shot for a 68 and a tie for third, two shots behind.

No one felt worse that Geoff Ogilvy of Australia.

Unable to make a putt on the back nine, glaring at one spectator who clapped when he lipped out a 10-footer on the 13th hole, Ogilvy finally made an 8-footer on the 17th that gave him a share of the lead.

But no sooner had he walked to the 18th tee, he peered up the 18th fairway and saw the tiny image of Glover, spraying sand and raising his fist when the bunker shot fell for birdie.

“I knew I was tied when I made the putt,” Ogilvy said. “And I knew I was one behind before I hit my next tee shot.”

His 6-iron on the 18th looked good, but landed hard to the left and rolled into a bunker about 25 feet away. His wedge caught a small rock in the sand, and the ball squirted away.

He missed the 12-foot par putt, costing him about $189,000 in his bid to make the Tour Championship. Ogilvy, who won in Tucson earlier this year, closed with a 69 to tie for third and still moved up to 27th on the money list and is virtually assured of at least getting into the Masters for the first time.

Others who finished two shots back were defending champion Ryan Palmer, who shot 62 in the final round last year and looked as though he might do it again. Palmer was tied for the lead at one point, and wound up with a 64.

Rich Beem (70) and Harrison Frazar (68) also were at 21-under 267.

Pernice and Tim Clark (72) each made a birdie when they returned Sunday morning to finish the storm-delayed third round and shared the 54-hole lead with Beem. But Disney keeps its fans in suspense, and it was clear from the first couple of holes that this one would not be decided until the end.

As many as seven players had at least a share of the lead. And even in the final hour, PGA Tour rules official Slugger White prepared for extra holes by writing numbers 1 through 5 on a piece of paper for players to draw out of hat to determine who would tee off first in the playoff.

By the end of the day, White gave Glover a bear hug on the practice range to congratulate him on a stunning victory.

Divots: Ryan Moore closed with a 68 and tied for 13th, earning $88,000. That puts him the equivalent of 113th on the PGA Tour money list, and will make him the first player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to go from college to the PGA Tour without ever going to Q-school. The only other players to do that since 1980 were Gary Hallberg, Phil Mickelson and Justin Leonard.

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