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Champions: Jay Haas takes lead into 36-hole Saturday finish

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DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Jay Haas nearly shot his age Friday to take the lead into a 36-hole Saturday finish in the PGA Tour Champions' Mitsubishi Electric Classic.

The 64-year-old Haas birdied the final two holes at TPC Sugarloaf for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Steve Flesch. Bernhard Langer shot 67, and Gene Sauers and Scott Parel followed at 68.

Facing a forecast of 1 1/2 inches of rain overnight Sunday and the threat of lightning Sunday, tournament officials decided to play both the second and third rounds Saturday.

Haas won the last of his 18 senior titles at the 2016 Toshiba Classic. The nine-time PGA Tour winner birdied all four par-5 holes in a bogey-free round.

Haas birdied four of the first six holes - the par-4 first and third and par-5 fourth and sixth. He added a birdie on the par-5 10th and closed with the birdies on the par-4 17th and par-5 18th.

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