Haas shot a 2-under 70 Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, a score that would have been lower were it not for a pair of missed 3-footers, one for birdie on No. 2 and another for par on No. 9. At 11 under, he tied for fourth as Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner and Sergio Garcia ended up in a playoff that Fowler ultimately won.
“Bam, two shots there and I’m the winner,” Haas said. “I made some nice birdies on the back to make this taste a little better, I guess, but when you’re in those positions, finishing one back hurts.”
Haas began the day just one shot off the lead, and after a 2-over 38 on the front nine he appeared to drop out of contention. He rallied with four back-nine birdies, but a 29-foot birdie attempt on the 72nd hole failed to drop.
“I had a putt from the fringe to get in a playoff, and that’s what you play for,” Haas said. “I was proud of the way I clawed back, but certainly going to be kicking myself. I mean, both those putts were just really bad putts.”
Despite the sting of a near-miss, Haas will take some positives from a career-best finish on the Stadium Course.
“Certainly I’ve got some work to do on the greens, but I think I’m working on some good things with my swing,” he said. “This is one of our best and toughest tests, so to be double digits under par I’m doing some good things. Hopefully I’ll putt a little better (at) the next event.”