Bill Haas

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Bill Haas
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name William Harlan Haas
Born (1982-05-24) May 24, 1982 (age 31)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Greenville, South Carolina
Spouse Julie
Children William Harlan Jr. (b. 2013)
Career
College Wake Forest University
Turned professional 2004
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Nationwide Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 5
Other 1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T20: 2013, 2014
U.S. Open T23: 2011
The Open Championship T19: 2012
PGA Championship T12: 2011
Achievements and awards
Haskins Award 2004
FedEx Cup Champion 2011

William Harlan Haas (born May 24, 1982) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and won the 2011 FedEx Cup. He is the son of former PGA Tour player Jay Haas.

Early life[edit]

Haas was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and was raised in Greer, South Carolina, a suburb of Greenville. He was the third member of his family to play golf at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina following his father, Jay, and uncle, Jerry. Haas had a distinguished college career. He was a three-time first-team All-American, four-time All-ACC, two-time ACC player-of-the-year, and 2001 ACC rookie-of-the-year. During his college career, he won ten college tournaments; and in his senior year of 2004, he won the Haskins Award, the Jack Nicklaus Award, and the Ben Hogan Award. He also set an NCAA record for lowest scoring average. Haas was a member of the 2003 Walker Cup team as well as two Palmer Cup teams. He turned professional in 2004.

Professional career[edit]

Haas was a member of the Nationwide Tour (now Web.com Tour) in 2005 after failing to earn his PGA Tour card in qualifying school. His best finish in a Nationwide Tour event was a solo second at the 2005 Scholarship America Showdown. At the end of the season Haas birdied the last two holes at the 2005 qualifying tournament to earn his card on the PGA Tour for the 2006 season.

In his debut year on tour, Haas finished 99th on the money list, making 19 out of 30 cuts. His best result was at the Wachovia Championship where he finished in a tie for fourth. He kept his tour card for the 2007 season, but he missed eight cuts in his first 13 events. He started to turn his form around during the fall series and recorded his best finish of the year at the Viking Classic with a tie for third place. He ended the year 104th on the money list.

In 2008, Haas had a remarkably similar year to 2007, finishing 104th on the money list for the second year in a row. He qualified for the first two FedEx Cup playoffs events before being eliminated at the halfway stage, finishing 73rd in the standings. Haas also played well at the Viking Classic for the second year running with a T-4 finish. Haas enjoyed much greater success in 2009 with four top-10 finishes including a tied for third at the Valero Texas Open. This set him up for a good run into the playoffs and for first time in his career, Haas qualified for the third playoff event, the BMW Championship before falling short of the top 30 mark and ending the season 41st in the standings. He also finished 61st on the year-end money list, winning just under $1.5 million.

At the start of the 2010 season, Haas won his first PGA Tour title at the Bob Hope Classic in La Quinta, California. A week prior to the event, Haas received advice from his father, Jay, and great-uncle Bob Goalby about his foot positioning during his swing. Haas won the event by one shot over Matt Kuchar, Tim Clark and Bubba Watson. The win came at the start of his fifth year on the PGA Tour.[1]

With his first win, Haas earned his first appearance in the Masters Tournament, where he finished in a tie for 26th. In the fall, he won his second PGA Tour title of 2010 and of his career, in October at the Viking Classic, winning by three strokes over Michael Allen.[2] The following week he finished runner-up at the McGladrey Classic to Heath Slocum by one stroke. This late-season surge elevated him to 20th place on the season's final money list. In addition, he finished 31st in the FedEx cup standings after narrowly missing out on a place in the Tour Championship by one position.

In 2011, Haas won the season-ending Tour Championship, defeating Hunter Mahan in a sudden death playoff at the third extra hole. At the second playoff hole, Haas played an exceptional pitch from the bank of the water hazard to save par and extend the playoff.[3] The victory propelled Haas to 2011 FedEx Cup title and the $10 million prize.[4] Haas was ranked seventh on the final 2011 PGA Tour money list (the FedEx Cup money does not count toward that total).

Haas was one of U.S. team captain Fred Couples' two picks for the 2011 Presidents Cup team, along with Tiger Woods, and the USA went on to retain the cup. Haas contributed 1.5 points to the team, with an overall record of 1-3-1 for the week.

Haas won for the fourth time on the PGA Tour in February 2012 at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. He came from two strokes back on the final day to hold the clubhouse lead and force both Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley to hole lengthy birdie putts on the last hole to ensure a playoff. All three players then parred the 18th, the first playoff hole, and continued to the driveable par-4 10th hole. Haas squirted his drive out to the left to leave a tricky pitch, while Mickelson found the rough and Bradley the bunker on the right. Haas decided to pitch out to the middle of the green, as both Mickelson and Bradley could not find the green on their second shots. Haas then holed a 43-foot birdie putt, and when neither Mickelson nor Bradley could match him, his victory was ensured.[5]

In June 2013, Haas claimed his fifth PGA Tour title with a win at the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club. He won by three strokes over Roberto Castro after shooting a closing 66, including six birdies and one bogey. He had begun the final round in a four-way tie for the lead. Haas is now one of four players who have won PGA Tour events in each of the last four seasons, joining Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose.[6]

In April 2014, Haas led the Masters after an opening round of 68.[7] However, he shot a second round six-over-par 78 to fall down the leaderboard. Over the weekend he finished with rounds of 74-70 to end T20th.

Personal life[edit]

Haas comes from a distinguished family of golfers. His father is nine-time PGA Tour winner Jay Haas. His brother Jay Haas Jr. and uncle Jerry Haas are former PGA Tour players. He is a great nephew of 1968 Masters Tournament winner Bob Goalby.

Haas and his father won the CVS Caremark Charity Classic in 2004, an unofficial PGA Tour event.

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

Professional wins (6)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

Legend
FedEx Cup playoff event (1)
Other PGA Tour (4)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jan 25, 2010 Bob Hope Classic −30 (68-66-66-66-64=330) 1 stroke South Africa Tim Clark, United States Matt Kuchar, United States Bubba Watson
2 Oct 3, 2010 Viking Classic −15 (66-66-69-72=273) 3 strokes United States Michael Allen
3 Sep 25, 2011 Tour Championship −8 (68-67-69-68=272) Playoff United States Hunter Mahan
4 Feb 19, 2012 Northern Trust Open −7 (72-68-68-69=277) Playoff United States Keegan Bradley, United States Phil Mickelson
5 Jun 30, 2013 AT&T National −12 (70-68-68-66=272) 3 strokes United States Roberto Castro

PGA Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2011 Bob Hope Classic United States Gary Woodland, Venezuela Jhonattan Vegas Vegas won with par on second extra hole
Haas eliminated with birdie on first hole
2 2011 Greenbrier Classic United States Bob Estes, United States Scott Stallings Stallings won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2011 Tour Championship United States Hunter Mahan Won with par on third extra hole
4 2012 Northern Trust Open United States Keegan Bradley, United States Phil Mickelson Won with birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT T40 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament T26 T42 T37 T20 T20
U.S. Open DNP T23 CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT T57 T19 CUT
PGA Championship CUT T12 T32 T25

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 5
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 3
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 6 18 12
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2011 Masters – 2012 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Results in World Golf Championship events[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R64 R64 R64 R32
Cadillac Championship T6 T31 T29 T43 T6
Bridgestone Invitational T33 T63 T19 T7
HSBC Champions T21 T42 10 T21

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
Yellow background for top-10.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bill Haas holds nerve to win Bob Hope Classic and maiden title". BBC Sport. January 26, 2010. Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bill Haas wins Viking Classic by 3 strokes". ESPN. Associated Press. October 3, 2010. Archived from the original on October 6, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bill Haas wins FedEx Cup after dramatic play-off with Hunter Mahan". Guardian. September 25, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bill Haas beats Hunter Mahan to $10m prize". BBC Sport. September 25, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Haas edges Mickelson and Bradley in playoff at Riviera to win Northern Trust". Sky Sports. February 19, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Haas claims fifth PGA Tour title at AT&T National". Sky Sports. June 30, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ ojciechowski, Gene (April 10, 2014). "Some new blood on Bill Haas' bag". ESPN. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 

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