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60-year-old Jay Haas shoots 8-under 62 to take 4-shot lead in Charles Schwab Cup Championship

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SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Jay Haas birdied four of the last six holes Friday for an 8-under 62 and a four-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

"I thought much harder today than yesterday," said the 60-year-old Haas, the oldest player in field limited to the top 30 players on the money list. "The wind was difficult, the greens are still very firm. I honestly said if somebody was giving me even par before I played, I would have said, 'OK, that sounds pretty good, I'll take that.' But I played extremely well."

Haas had his 38th straight round of par or better to break Loren Roberts' tour record.

"It was a pretty error-free round," Haas said. "Disappointed that I didn't birdie at least the last hole or at least get kind of an opportunity to shoot my age today, but it was a special round. Hit a lot of good shots and didn't make a lot of long putts. They were all, you know, 15 feet and in probably for birdie. So it was solid golf today. I don't know what got into me, but it was a lot of fun."

Haas won two weeks ago in North Carolina to become the 18th player to win a Champions Tour event at 60 or older. He has 17 victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning nine times on the PGA Tour.

Haas had a 12-under 128 total on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course. He shot a 60 at the course in the second round of the 2012 event.

PHOTO: Jay Haas lines up a putt on the 16th hole during the second round of the Champions Tour's Charles Schwab Cup Championship golf tournament, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at the Desert Mountain Cochise Course in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle)
Jay Haas lines up a putt on the 16th hole during the second round of the Champions Tour's Charles Schwab Cup Championship golf tournament, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at the Desert Mountain Cochise Course in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle)

First-round leader Tom Pernice Jr. was second after a 67.

"I played pretty well," Pernice said. "The conditions were obviously a little more difficult with a little bit more breeze blowing today, so it was a little bit trickier. I struggled a little bit on the speed of the greens, I left several putts short."

Kenny Perry was third at 6 under after a 68.

Fred Couples, the winner last year at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, was 5 under along with Michael Allen and Olin Browne. Couples shot 64, Allen 66, and Browne 67.

"I haven't putted like this or made this many putts in a long time," Couples said. "But I didn't hit the ball so bad on the front nine, shot even par and I got it going, and as you saw, some of these putts are crazy. Just one of those things. ... I might go dressed as a putter tonight for Halloween."

Allen won the AT&T Championship last week in San Antonio for his second victory of the year.

"My God, it's a war of attrition out here," Allen said. "But overall, it was a fun day. I played well and kind of hung in there."

Bernhard Langer was tied for seventh at 4 under after a 70. Langer won the Charles Schwab Cup points title last week, has a tour-high five victories — two of them majors — and also has wrapped up the season money title with $2,916,189.

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PHOTO: Jay Haas walk onto the ninth green during the second round of the Champions Tour's Charles Schwab Cup Championship golf tournament, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at the Desert Mountain Cochise Course in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle)
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