Haas Ties Kite with All-Time Cuts Made
Haas tied a PGA Tour record on Saturday by making the cut at the Memorial Tournament -- the 590th time he's accomplished that feat -- to match Tom Kite.
Haas said he never contemplated such a record when he first turned pro 30 years ago.
'I thought I could play golf until I was about 40 years old and maybe put a little money away and then sit back and do something else,' he said. 'Here I am at 52 and still going.'
His fellow pros were awed by Haas' accomplishment.
'You make 20 cuts a year for 20 years and that's only 400,' Jim Furyk said, shaking his head as he did the math. 'Twenty cuts for 30 years, that's incredible. It's pretty amazing, in two areas. First, the longevity, and then the consistency.'
It's not as though Haas just collects checks. He's won nine times while earning more than $14 million on the regular tour. Five times he's placed in the top 10 at the Masters, four times at the U.S. Open and five more times in the PGA Championship.
In eight starts this year on the Champions Tour, he's the leading money-winner. He has won his last three starts, including last week's Senior PGA Championship for his first major title.
Consistency has been the benchmark of his career. Not terribly long off the tee, he's straight and accurate with every club and is a quality putter.
'Every time I go out I'm trying to shoot my best and be my best,' said Haas, who made the Memorial cut by six shots with rounds of 72 and 71 at the Memorial. 'I'm just trying to hit the ball in the fairway, knock it on the green and make some putts. It's pretty neat to think that I lasted that long and played that much, I guess.'
The game has been good to the Haas family. His uncle, Bob Goalby, the 1968 Masters winner, introduced him to the game. His brother Jerry is the coach at Wake Forest, and brother-in-law Dillard Pruitt is a former touring pro. Son Bill is a rookie on tour. Older son Jay Jr. also is an accomplished golfer and played with his brother and his dad at the Wachovia.
'Jay is my idol out here. When it comes to family values, him and Mr. Nicklaus, they are the best,' Chris DiMarco said. 'I don't think there's one guy who doesn't admire Jay out here. It just shows how good his game is and how great a guy he is. It's just awesome.'
Haas said he knows his days on the regular tour are numbered. He would like to break the tie with Kite, but to do it will likely have to make it to the weekend at a major championship because he plays only a limited PGA Tour schedule.
'I'm going to go through qualifying on Monday for the Open,' he said. 'So I have a chance there. If I qualify there, I'll try for the PGA later in the year.'
Told that Kite was thinking about trying to return to play in a few more regular-tour events, Haas said if that's the case he might have to step up his schedule.
'He may go back out,' Haas said with a laugh. 'The game is on.'
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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18
Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.
With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.
Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.
The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.