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.