Haas jokes about replacing Woods in marquee group


NAPA, Calif. – Playing in Thursday and Friday’s marquee group with Phil Mickelson and defending champion Emiliano Grillo, Bill Haas teed off at 7:50 a.m. (PT) on Day 2 in the worst of the day’s weather.

The threesome managed just three holes in blustery conditions before officials suspended play, a move that all involved appreciated.

“If we had not gotten to stop, it would have been very difficult for us,” Haas said. “Those three holes we started with this morning were very difficult. You couldn’t really even see your ball, it was raining and windy.”

After a delay of more than two hours, Haas & Co. returned to the course and he played his remaining 15 holes in 2 under par and was tied for fourth place when he completed his round at 8 under par.

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According to various reports, Tiger Woods was scheduled to play with Mickelson and Grillo this week, but the 14-time major champion withdrew from the event on Monday and Haas was added to the three-ball.

“I think they just wanted to put an equal player in the place of Tiger,” Haas joked. “No, I don’t know how that worked out but I’m happy they would choose me to be in that group.”

Haas did take low-ball honors in the marquee group, with Mickelson finishing two days at 6 under and Grillo at 5 under.