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Won 2 Watch: Bill Haas

Posted By High Fade On Jan 17 2011 @ 10:16 am In PGA | No Comments

Bill Haas is quietly becoming his own man.  No one has ever questioned his talent, but let’s be honest; he was always viewed as Jay Haas’s son and better known for playing in the annual Father/Son Challenge and charity golf tournaments.  Unfortunately most athletes that follow in the great footsteps of their father, ever emerge to establish a well recognized name of their own.  However, Bill is looking to change that notion.

Bill attended Wake Forest University and had a stellar college career.  Bill then spent one year on the Nationwide Tour in 2005 and entered Q School at the end of the season to earn his PGA Tour card for 2006.  Bill then retained his card from 2006-2009 by remaining inside the top 125 on the PGA Tour money list.  Even though Bill had his tour card firm in hand, he still lacked the maturity needed to compete at an elite level.  However, Bill’s game started to take a turn for the better in 2009, most notably during the FedEx Cup playoffs.  In some of the most elite fields of the year, Bill posted two top 25’s and one top 10, only missing out on the Tour Championship.

It also never hurt to receive some help from good ole dad, as Jay deployed his trusted caddie to work Bill’s bag during the 2009 Fall Series.  Looking for his first PGA Tour victory, the move helped Bill to develop better course management skills, posting a solid T11 at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic to conclude the 2009 season.

Off and running in 2010, Bill sealed his first PGA Tour victory at the 2010 Bob Hope Classic in January and then his second, a bookend victory at the 2010 Viking Classic in October.  Even though Bill is only 28 and has two victories under his belt, he still primarily goes unnoticed in mainstream golf.  Nevertheless, one should not overlook the young Haas this year.

Performance Outlook: Now that Bill is playing with the big boys, you probably won’t find him teeing it up at some of the alternative week and Fall Series tournaments.  With a more competitive schedule, look for Bill to duplicate another 2 win season as well as contend in major championships. His steady development will determine if is ready to breakthrough for a major this year but a more realistic outlook has him earmarked for 2012.  Nonetheless, Bill will finally develop the consistency needed to obtain a top 30 World Golf Ranking, a birth on Fred Couples 2011 President’s Cup team and most importantly, establish for himself a well recognized name of his own.

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