Bill Haas wins the Humana Challenge
Bill Haas was able to outlast a slew of players in California, finishing at 22-under par and winning his sixth PGA Tour event at the 2015 Humana Challenge.
Birdies and low numbers happened all week, which is always the case at this event. To give you an idea, look at where the cut was after the third round:
This is what happens when you put the best players in the world on essentially what amounts to three resort courses. Shooting 3 or 4-under par on any given day just wasn’t good enough and at points on Sunday, it looked like we could have a playoff with as many as eight players, but Haas pulled away on 16.
That approach and putt gave Haas a one-shot lead on through the 16th hole, but he still needed to avoid trouble on the 18th. After a poor drive and some bad luck gave him a bad lie above the bunker, Haas contemplated hitting the ball one-handed, backwards and even sideways before settling on this recovery.
He would get onto the green from the fairway and make his two putt for par to win the tournament.
- 1. Bill Haas -22
- T2. Charley Hoffman -21
- T2. Brendan Steele -21
- T2. Steve Wheatcroft -21
- T2. Sung Joon Park -21
- T2. Matt Kuchar -21
What The Win Means For Haas
Earlier in the week, I teamed up with Chris Chaney to draft a fantasy team of ten players and when it came to looking at Haas, my exact words to Chris were that I had legitimately no opinion on Haas whatsoever. It’s not that I’m dismissive of Haas’ ability on the course because obviously he’s really good, but he just seems like one of those guys that piles up decent finishes every week and has a pretty bland personality, so he tends to fly under the radar when compared to some of his peers.
The win will move him up to 23rd in the OWGR, plus I’m sure that he wants to qualify for the Presidents Cup team on points instead of having to rely on a pick from his father, so this is a good start to the year. That could be an embarrassing late night, Simpsonesque text if he’s on the outside looking in.
What’s next for Haas though? I’m sure he’d like to do a little better in the majors because, yikes, this is ugly:
- Notables to miss the cut: Paul Casey, Zach Johnson, Ryo Ishikawa, Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker, Nick Taylor, Jonas Blixt and Luke Donald.
- How on earth did Mike Weir shoot 80-75-74?
- He limped in a little bit, but I’m all in on Justin Thomas, who everyone was predicting would have a huge year in 2015 and after this week, it’s pretty easy to see why. He’s aggressive, a good ball striker, carries a 2-iron and based on his Twitter account, doesn’t take himself too seriously. Also, anyone that swings this hard is good in my book:
- Phil’s week: Outside of the putter, I thought he looked good and he’s gotten himself into much better shape, which should theoretically help out with his performance as the season goes on.
- I swear that Matt Kuchar almost cursed on Sunday. He also didn’t look like he purposely mismatched his clothes for the first time in PGA Tour history, so it’s understandable that he wasn’t in the right frame of mind.
- Enjoyed watching Branden Grace get another win in Qatar early on Saturday morning. For a while, it seemed like he was going through some tough times but he’s very quietly won twice in the past two months. Keep your eye on him.
- On a personal note, it was pretty cool to hear Nick Faldo give my family’s vinegar a shout out on the air on Saturday:
For the first time since 2001, Tiger Woods is teeing it up in Phoenix and he’s far from the only big name in the field, as Phil’s making the trip, Jordan Spieth will be making his first appearance since running away at Isleworth and the #PrayForTedScott watch will be on with Bubba in the field as well.
Business just picked up.