Bill Haas - February 22, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 22, 2012, 12:52 pm

Bill Haas earned his 4th career PGA TOUR win in the Northern Trust Open in a playoff over Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. As he was playing the back nine on Sunday, he thought that nine or ten under was needed to win because he did not think that Phil or Keegan would back up and after a couple of bogeys, his new goal was to simply have a good finish. He did not think that -7 would get him into a playoff.

When he entered the playoff, he was not too concerned because he has both won and lost playoffs on the PGA TOUR and if he simply hit good shots, he would give himself a chance. He knew that anything can happen in playoffs and he was proven right because he never thought he would make a 43 foot putt to win.

The tee shot he hit at 10 with a 3-wood in a playoff was one of the best 3-woods he has ever hit as it actually put him too close to the green. His original plan was to lay up well short of the green but once that did not happen, he was able to hit a safe shot onto the green and then of course made that long putt.

While he also remembers wins like the 2011 TOUR Championship and the Northern Trust Open last week, he also remembers moments like a couple of weeks ago in Phoenix when he made a late double bogey to go from a top 10 finish to a tie for 19th. If he hits good shots, he will always give himself a chance.

On Monday night, he went to dinner with Nick Watney and they were discussing the Match Play bracket. He played with his first round opponent, Ryo Ishikawa, in a practice round last week so he knows all about how great of a player he is and he also knows that Ryo’s favorite restaurant in the U.S. is Five Guys.

His coach, Billy Harmon, is both a physical and mental swing coach for him and is able to give him a tip here and there when he needs it but he also tries to pound into his head the idea that you do not have to have your perfect game in order to win a tournament.

When it comes to winning tournaments, you need both mental and physical energy late in the round and while he is not worried about having enough mental energy, he does work hard to try to maintain that physical energy.

After winning over $11 million when he won the TOUR Championship and the FedExCup, he may be having a new pool built at his house but other than that he does not have any big plans in the near future involving expansions and other non-budget things.

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Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.

Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.


Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

"I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.