Haas Family Makes It a Threesome at Wachovia

By Associated PressMay 2, 2006, 4:00 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In 30 years on the PGA Tour, Jay Haas never had a thrill quite like this, even though it was only a Tuesday practice round at the Wachovia Championship.
 
He walked the fairways of Quail Hollow with both sons at his side.
 
Bill Haas is a 23-year-old rookie on the PGA Tour who earned his card at Q-school last year and received a sponsor's exemption. Jay Haas Jr., 25, made it a threesome when he earned a spot in the 156-man field through Monday qualifying.
 
'They both exceeded my expectations as golfers,' the 52-year-old father said. 'I just wanted them to enjoy the game, to be halfway decent where they could go out and have fun. It's fun to see them do this. I won't say it was a dream come true because I couldn't have dreamt of doing this. This is great.'
 
The last time a father played with two sons on the PGA Tour was at the 1994 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, when Jack Nicklaus was in the field with Jackie and Gary.
 
The Haas family won't play together Thursday because tee times are based on status.
 
Jay Jr. left college early to turn pro, didn't work hard enough and got limited results, then took a job as product manager of a tool company owned by his father's friend. That made him appreciate golf, and he decided to give it another shot.
 
He shot 68 at Monday qualifying to get into a three-man playoff for two spots. After hitting into the trees on the first extra hole, Haas went over the green into a bunker, then saved par with a 10-foot putt. The other players both missed 15-foot birdie putts. On the second hole, one of the other players made bogey and Haas was in.
 
Haas, coming off consecutive victories on the Champions Tour, and his wife were running errands Monday when Dillard Pruitt -- a PGA Tour rules official and the brother of Haas' wife -- called with the news.
 
'Just goose bumps,' Haas said of having both sons in the tournament.
 
Bill Haas has played several PGA Tour events with his father, nearly earning his card on exemptions after graduating from Wake Forest two years ago. He tied for 15th last week in New Orleans, closing with a 66.
 
For Jay Haas Jr., this will be a first.
 
'It's always been a dream of mine to play with my dad and my brother on the PGA Tour, or any professional event,' he said.
 
The boys were born 14 months apart and grew up playing basketball and golf. They were competitive, and it often got heated, but usually not when their father was around.
 
'I always wanted to be better that him, and he always wanted to be better than me, so that probably made us try harder,' Bill said.
 
This won't be the first time there were three players from the Haas family at Quail Hollow.
 
Jerry Haas, the golf coach at Wake Forest and Jay Haas' brother, qualified last year through the PGA club pro section. He failed to make it back this year. There's also a Hunter Haas now on the Nationwide Tour, no relation.
 
'We could have had a whole row of lockers,' Jay Haas said.
 
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  • Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


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    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

    The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

    Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

    Lexi Thompson:

    Baking time!!

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    David Feherty:

    Jack Nicklaus:

    GC Tiger Tracker:

    Steve Stricker:

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    Frank Nobilo:

    Ian Poulter:

    Tyrone Van Aswegen:

    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

    By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

    Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

    By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

    Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

    Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

    Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

    “Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

    Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

    “When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

    Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

    “Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

    In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

    “Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

    Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

    “The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

    Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

    “Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

    Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

    Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

    LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

    Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

    Christina Kim:

    LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

    LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

    LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

    LPGA pro Jennie Lee: