Connect with us

News

Bill Haas Wins Hope Classic

Bubba Watson began the day tied atop the leaderboard and finished the day tied for second a single shot behind winner Bill Hass despite shooting a 66 in the final round. Finishing on Monday due to a rain out earlier in the week, Mr. Haas birdied the final hole for his first Tour win at a tournament his father Jay won in 1988. “To win the same tournament I won is special, and then for me to get to see it—that’s really special,” said Jay Haas, who texted his son on Sunday night with a simple message: “Hit when you’re ready, and never before.” Winning finally fulfilled the expectations of the younger Mr. Haas has carried with him for the last 140 starts on Tour. “I’d been wanting to win from the first tournament I played, but it’s a process, and there’s a lot to it,” said Haas, a touted rookie in 2006. “It’s special, but I don’t know if it’s a monkey off my back. I know how hard it was to win, and I’m grateful.” Now the only expectation is when will he win again. It ain’t easy being blessed with loads of talent in a sport your father was pretty good at as well.

Published

on

 

Bubba Watson began the day tied atop the leaderboard and finished the day tied for second a single shot behind winner Bill Hass despite shooting a 66 in the final round.  Finishing on Monday due to a rain out earlier in the week, Mr. Haas birdied the final hole for his first Tour win at a tournament his father Jay won in 1988. “To win the same tournament I won is special, and then for me to get to see it—that’s really special,” said Jay Haas, who texted his son on Sunday night with a simple message: “Hit when you’re ready, and never before.” Winning finally fulfilled the expectations of the younger Mr. Haas has carried with him for the last 140 starts on Tour. “I’d been wanting to win from the first tournament I played, but it’s a process, and there’s a lot to it,” said Haas, a touted rookie in 2006. “It’s special, but I don’t know if it’s a monkey off my back. I know how hard it was to win, and I’m grateful.”  Now the only expectation is when will he win again.  It ain't easy being blessed with loads of talent in a sport your father was pretty good at as well. 

Matt Kuchar knows what it's like being blessed with talent and saddled with expectations.  Mr. Haas spent most of the day chasing him after a blistering eight birdies in eleven holes.  Amazing how fast one can run and hide in this game, and yet fall back by only managing one birdie in the final seven holes.  That was compounded by a par on the 18th hole instead of a birdie.  “It’s a hole where you’re counting on making a 4,” Kuchar said. “I put myself in a difficult situation … but shooting 63 is fantastic. I wasn’t sure if I had that much in me today. It was a great round of golf.”  Indeed it was, and while it wasn't quite enough to win, it was good enough to join Mr. Watson in second place. 

Also in second place, for the sixth straight year on Tour, was Tim Clark who has yet to win an event in America.  “I made a bunch of birdies, (and) you would think that I putted my eyeballs out, but I missed a lot of short ones,” Clark said.  I've been intrigued by his ability to play so very well and yet never capture the trophy at the finish.  I have to think the adage about keeping yourself in the thick of things regularly will eventually pay off in a win for Mr. Clark.  He's too good a player not to have Lady Luck smile on him at least once.  As with all things, time alone will tell. “There’s always going to be an exciting day with so many guys bunched in there, and I started to make some birdies on the back nine to get back into it,” Clark added. “When you know you have to make birdies, it makes things a little bit easier.”  I'm not sure what that means exactly, since I believe birdies are required to win most events that are not Major Championships.  But it makes for a good quote.

So now it's off to Torrey Pines, where a Tigerless tour will be joined by world number two player Phil Mickelson.  Farmers Insurance Group got a discounted deal to host this tournament, as newly austere GM's Buick division decided low key played better than ostentation after the US taxpayers bought the company.  What doesn't work so good for them is the fact they only had a couple of weeks to advertise the affiliation with the tournament.  In this economy, and without it's biggest, brightest star, it will be interesting to see what kind of turnout the event garners.  Ticket buyers and television audiences are the numbers to watch here.  As for the TV numbers, should you choose to watch my advice is to mute the sound whenever Jim Nantz goes into one of his schmaltzy promo modes.  I've begun to feel like I've been covered in sickly sweet syrup after he finishes one of those blurbs. 

On another note entirely, Jim Thorpe has to turn himself in to Federal authorities by April 1  to begin serving a one year sentence for failure to pay his taxes, more than $2 million worth of taxes.  That is a large mistake in mathematics.  Apparently the "I misplaced a decimal point" defense didn't work so good.  After the jail time he's got two years supervision and 200 hours of community service.  During the time of his supervision he'll need to repay those taxes.  I wonder how many exhibitions he'll need to play to raise two million bucks? Too bad he couldn't get a job with the Treasury Department, I hear you can forget to pay your taxes and still get a good job working for them. 

Your Reaction?
  • 0
  • LEGIT0
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK0

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Skip

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Nice blog! very clean and easy to navigate.This is a very tmeily post. I started a new Word Press blog a few weeks ago and managed to get it ranking on page one on Google. I started getting comment notices via email right away and I was excited. I read a few and realized something smelled funny. I went into my WP admin area and saw that Akismet had blocked over 40 suspect comments. Thanks for posting this important information which I am proud to share with everyone I know.

  2. Sakman

    Jan 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Excellent write up

  3. Sakman

    Jan 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Congrats on the Win!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Popular Photo Galleries

Thursday’s photos from the Web.com Tour’s United Leasing & Finance Championship

Published

on

GolfWRX stopped by the Web.com for some WITB action, Thursday. The United Leasing & Finance Championship from Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana, is the host venue for golf’s seasoned grinders and up-and-comers this week.

We have five galleries from the range, as well as an in-hand look at the always WITB-envy inducing Lee McCoy’s putter.

Thursday’s galleries

Special galleries

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

Your Reaction?
  • 0
  • LEGIT0
  • WOW0
  • LOL1
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP2
  • OB2
  • SHANK3

Continue Reading

Tour Photo Galleries

10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

Published

on

GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

Tuesday’s Photos

Special Galleries

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the photos in our forums

Your Reaction?
  • 3
  • LEGIT1
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK0

Continue Reading

News

Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

Published

on

As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

Your Reaction?
  • 14
  • LEGIT0
  • WOW1
  • LOL0
  • IDHT2
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK4

Continue Reading

19th Hole

Facebook

Trending