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Haas claims victory at Congressional

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Bill Haas pulled clear on the back nine to secure the win © Getty Images
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Bill Haas landed the fifth PGA Tour title of his career after streaking clear of Roberto Castro to lift the AT&T National.

The 31-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, was one of four players tied for the lead heading into the final round on Sunday, but it was Haas who emerged victorious by carding a five-under par 66 to win the tournament by three shots on 12-under.

"It's so hard to win out here. It's pretty special," an emotional Haas said. "It was important I get off to a good start ... the putter felt great and saved me on the back nine a couple of times."

Haas kicked off the day with a birdie on the second hole, but was disappointed with a bogey on the fifth par-four.

The American recovered with three consecutive birdies beginning on the par-four eighth, and with it started to put some distance between himself and challengers D.H. Lee and 19-year-old Jordan Spieth - who landed an extraordinary eagle from the bunker on the first hole.

Solid pars on the back nine soon followed, before Haas added two further birdies on the 14th and 16th holes to pull clear and get his hands on the trophy in Washington DC.

On nine-under, Castro put himself into contention despite making a terrible start to the day - dropping a shot at his very first hole - but was unable to match Haas' birdies on the final nine holes of the event to claim the win.

Elsewhere, a final round 67 saw England's Brian Davis creep up the leaderboard to eventually finish in the top ten, alongside Brandt Snedeker.

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