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Playing a group ahead of Watson, Haas was able to keep the pressure on -- even when Watson came up with a masterful shot at No. 15 to pull ahead by a stroke. With 35 feet to the hole, he used a five-iron to send a slow, downhill roller that briefly broke right before curling left at Watson's exhortation and dropping in to put him at 12 under.
The shot brought a roar from the gallery, but didn't create much separation between Watson and his chaser.
"With a four-shot lead, the best thing to do is just make it five and six and seven," said Watson. "But I got off to a bogey start and kind of struggled."
Haas had missed opportunities to pull into a share of the lead, pushing a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 12 past the cup and failing to convert a long putt on No. 13. But he knocked in a 5-footer for birdie on No. 14 to pull even with Watson.
"I was just trying to hit good shots because I was hitting good shots," said Haas. "It was easy to look at the pin because I felt like I was going to hit a good one. There's not a better feeling for me. ... I can't even imagine a better round than I played today under these conditions."
Watson missed the fairway on 18, ending any hopes he could catch Haas.
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