Sunday, September 9, 2012
Bill Haas to miss playoff finale
By Bob Harig ESPN.com
CARMEL, Ind. -- A year ago, Bill Haas played an incredible shot from a water hazard during a playoff at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta to help win the Tour Championship as well as the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.
Since the FedEx Cup started in 2007, no player who has won the title and the $10 million bonus has even qualified for the PGA Tour playoffs finale the following year. Bill Haas continued that trend in 2012.
This year, Haas won't even get to play in the tournament.
Continuing an odd trend, Haas became the fifth straight reigning FedEx Cup champion to fail to advance to the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta, which features the top 30 players in the playoff standings.
He shot a final-round 78 on Sunday at Crooked Stick to finish tied for 45th, which dropped him to 32nd in the points standings.
It was particularly painful for Haas, who controlled his own destiny on the back nine but bogeyed four of the last five holes.
"Honestly it seems like the same old story, something I've been doing a lot this year," said Haas, who won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera in February. "Under the gun, [I] haven't been able to get it done. It's something I've got to address and get better. When there's some pressure and there's a pressure situation, I've got to be able to bear down and shoot a good number and not just blow up. I seem to do it often. It's frustrating."
Haas and Kyle Stanley were bumped out of the top 30 by Robert Garrigus and Ryan Moore.
Every player in the Tour Championship field has a mathematical chance of winning the FedEx Cup. The tournament begins on Sept. 20.
Tiger Woods won the inaugural FedEx Cup in 2007 but was unable to play the following year while recovering from knee surgery. After that, FedEx champions Vijay Singh, Woods, Jim Furyk and now Haas have failed to give themselves a shot at winning the $10 million bonus again.