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Haas' Humana Challenge victory is pure escapist fare

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- There is nothing pretentious about pro golfer Bill Haas, except his tendency to get out of tight spots when big money is on the line. It's time to nickname him. No more just-plain-Bill. How about Houdini? Or, failing that, Rockefeller? This annual desert dance, a.k.a. the Humana Challenge golf tournament, came down to the last hole, and a couple of last swings by Haas on Sunday at La Quinta. It was a finish flush with story angles and drama. Haas, 32, son of longtime pro star Jay Haas and great nephew of 1968 Masters champion Bob Goalby, stood on the 18th tee at the Palmer Private Course and peered into the distance. On the green, some 550 yards away, was the 11th...

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