News & ToursAugust 22, 2009

Getting old isn't fun, says Haas

SUNRIVER, Ore. -- Jay Haas' picture was on the front page of the local newspaper, The Bulletin, Saturday, but it wasn't because of good play.

Haas was shown getting electrical stimulation treatment on his sore left elbow in the tour's medical treatment van. A frustrating, winless Champions Tour season for Haas -- who has won multiple times each of the last four years -- has been exacerbated lately by the pain of tendinitis.

The joint bothered him so much during the second round that he thought he might have to withdrew, but he got through the day with with an even-par 72. The pain wasn't as bad Saturday, when the 12-time senior tour winner shot a four-under 68 at the Crosswater Club.

"Just old," Haas, 55, joked of his new malady after the third round. "It's not so bad that I can't swing the club, but if it flares up, it's not good. The last three weeks, the elbow has been an issue, but not the whole year. I'm not going to slit my wrists anytime soon, but I'm frustrated with how I've played. I'm just throwing away too many shots, and when I hit a couple of good ones, I haven't been making the birdies."

*--Bill Fields *

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