PGA TOUR pro Bill Haas will enjoy one of the later tee times in the first round of the 2013 British Open. Haas will not go off until 2:34 pm EST today, putting him in the middle of the afternoon wave of golfers to get their tournament underway. Getting the opportunity to see what the guys before him have done will be beneficial, but the weather is always a crapshoot. There’s no way for Haas to know if the weather will remain the same or if it will get markedly worse by the time he tees off. It’s unlikely that he will face better conditions than the guys who got out early on Thursday.
Haas already has one victory in 2013, which came at the AT&T National a few weeks ago. He followed that up by finishing tied for ninth at the Greenbrier Classic. Prior to missing the cut at the U.S. Open, Haas also picked up a T4 at the Memorial Tournament. He’s missed his share of cuts this year, too – Haas has played in 17 events and made the cut in 13 of them. He hit a bit of a rough patch immediately preceding the Memorial but he seems to have gotten things squared away rather nicely since then.
The fact that he’s currently ranked seventh in greens in regulation and 21st in scoring will help to negate his ranks of 50th in strokes gained – putting and 52nd in total driving. If Haas can manage to get the ball on the fairway he will be able to take advantage of his ball striking to be in position to score. The only other thing he has to worry about is figuring out the tricky greens at Muirfield. When he gets going however, he seems to be able to roll the ball rather well. A few solid early putts will get him going in the right direction.
I anticipate Haas making the cut this week but not making much noise over the weekend.