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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