Newport Beach, California: Jay Haas won for the first time this season on the US Champions Tour, taking the Toshiba Classic by two strokes Sunday and breaking the tournament record. Haas, a four-time winner last year on the American 50-and-over tour, closed with a 6-under 65 at Newport Beach Country Club to finish at 19-under 194. The 53-year-old Haas earned $247,500 for his seventh career win in 40 starts on the Champions Tour. Coming into this weekend, he had four top-fives in six tournaments this season, including three second-place finishes. "I felt every hole was a birdie hole," said Haas, who made 20 birdies in 54 holes and broke Hale Irwin's tournament record of 17-under 196 set in 2002. "I felt I needed a cushion down the stretch to win." R W Eaks also shot a 65 in the final round and finished second at 17 under, his third career second-place finish on the Champions Tour since joining in 2002. Joe Ozaki and Ben Crenshaw tied for third six strokes back. Peter Jacobsen, who had laser back surgery last week, was one of four golfers who finished tied for fifth, seven strokes behind Haas. "Jay is one of the most complete players I've ever played with," said Jacobsen, who with Eaks and Haas in the final group. "He played well. He was on fire."
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