AT&T National: Bill Haas avoids reversal of fortune for 5th PGA Tour win
He relies most on his father, Jay, a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, and coach Billy Harmon for mental support. He also is open to tweaking his swing or mental approach in search of an edge.
At a charity event in Rhode Island last week, Haas listened to what Brad Faxon, an eight-time PGA Tour winner, told a group at a putting clinic. The tip was to “just look and go,” Haas said. Don’t think too much. Just be natural. That helped him make five birdie putts Sunday from longer than 10 feet.
“I think it’s a comfort thing,” Jay Haas Jr., Bill’s brother and caddie, said. “You know how if you make a few putts, all of sudden the hole looks like it’s the size of a 2-gallon bucket? I think kind of one of those deals this week.”
After Bill Haas lifted the metallic trophy of the Capitol building on the 18th green and basked in his mental victory, he reflected on what he has not accomplished. Although he won the FedEx Cup in 2011, he acknowledged that his name is not on the list of golf’s most elite players.
Greatness in the golf world is judged by performance in majors. Haas has zero top-10 finishes in 15 majors. Ascending to that level will require more than just long drives and accurate putts.
“Mentally … I’m 31 years old, still trying to grow up and still trying to work on that,” he said. “I think that’s what the best players have. They’re mentally tough. They’re certainly very talented, but they beat you with their mind just as much as their sticks.”
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