His victory at the AT&T National has put Bill Haas in some pretty distinguished company. Not only did he earn over $1 million and 500 FedEx Cup points, but this win gives Haas at least one victory in each of the last four years. The other current golfers on that list are Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson. Haas is one of those golfers that manage to fly under the radar despite the fact that he won the FedEx Cup in 2011.
His final round score of 66 propelled Haas to 12 under par for the tournament and allowed him to put some distance between himself and the field. Roberto Castro, who is definitely on the upswing, finished second at nine under par. Haas said that the fact that Castro played well in the final round helped him keep his foot on the gas. “It helped that Roberto played so well,” Haas said.
Winning is becoming old hat for Haas and this win gets him in great position for the FedEx Cup playoffs which are lurking around the corner. There are only nine events left before the playoffs start. The win moves him up to seventh in the standings. “As many times as I’ve choked and hit bad shots and I’ve been nervous and it hasn’t worked out — I was feeling all those things today — and to hit good, quality golf shots down the stretch is such a good feeling,” Haas said. “I wish I could explain it. It’s amazing.” Winning is an amazing feeling, but it’s definitely one that isn’t foreign to the 31 year old.
One of these days Haas is going to get the respect that he deserves. Until then he’ll happily fly under the radar and keep racking up victories.