Haas defeats Mickelson, credits father Jay

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AUSTIN, Texas – Bill Haas’ record at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play isn’t exactly stellar and combined with a swing that wasn’t quite right he decided he needed some help this week.

“I haven't been really fighting my swing terribly, but it's never great. We're always working on it,” said Haas who was joined at Austin Country Club by his father, Jay, a nine-time PGA Tour winner. “He was out west and on his way home I just asked him to stop in.”

Bill Haas – who defeated Phil Mickelson in the quarterfinals, 2 and 1, to advance to the final four – said he and his father worked on two different drills on Tuesday and Wednesday in an attempt to find more consistency off the tee.


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“I'm still hitting foul balls to the right but that's kind of been my whole thing. I get underneath the ball. I'm just trying to cover the ball a little bit better,” Haas said.

Haas is fifth this week in strokes gained: off the tee and hit 12 of 13 fairways in his match against Mickelson to advance to the semifinals. Prior to this week he’d only advanced past the third round once at the Match Play (2016).

“I give [Jay Haas] all the credit in the world. He's the guy I bounce ideas off golf swing-wise all the time,” Haas said. “The only reason I play golf is because of him. He's a great guy to have in my corner.”