Bill Passes Congress(ional)
By Torleif Sorenson on 7/1/13
This writer shares an unfortunate trait with PGA Tour player Bill Haas: Both of us are good at criticizing ourselves.
"I've always said if you make three birdies in a row, you're positive. If you make three bogeys in a row, you're not positive. Which comes first?"
But Haas has played well under pressure before (especially at the 2011 Tour Championship), and did it again on Sunday at Congressional Country Club outside Washington. He fired a final round 66 to win the AT&T National by three shots over Roberto Castro. This is his fifth PGA Tour victory.
"As many times as I've choked and hit bad shots and I've been nervous and it hasn't worked out, I was feeling all those things today, and to hit good quality golf shots down the stretch is such a good feeling."
Roberto Castro turned in a pretty fine account of himself this past week; the second-year Tour player form Houston made 12th cut in 20 events this season, which is a very heavy schedule. This is only his second top 10 finish in 2013, made possible by going 66-69-71-69 to finish at -9 for a solo second. The 2007 graduate of Georgia Tech won college golf's Byron Nelson Award the same year. His $702,000 paycheck from the AT&T National goes a very long way toward solidifying his status on tour for 2014.

Haas has played a far lighter schedule (just 16 starts so far in 2013), but he has finished in the top 10 seven times already. And since he's fully exempt on tour for quite awhile, he doesn't have to work as hard as Castro to keep his playing privileges.

In fact, after his victory on Sunday, Haas is looking ahead toward the next step: A major.
"I would like to be a part of that, but honestly, I would just like to work hard, see the results, and if the next level comes, then I welcome it. I'm 31 years old, still trying to grow up and still trying to work on that. That's what the best players have. They're mentally tough. They beat you with your mind just as much as their sticks."
With experience like this...

...Haas is arguably closer than many others on tour to breaking through the "major" barrier.

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[ comments ]
mjaber says:
Does anyone track "familial" wins? If so, is there even a family, with a current player on tour, that is close to Tiger's total?
Torleif Sorenson says:
Mike, that's a great question. But with Nathan still on his honeymoon, I don't think I have the time to research it today.

Would any of you like to dive into the records and Haas-Goalby family stacks up against the Stranges, Floyds, et al?
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