A nice woman called ready to scream murder at us here in the office this morning because we gave all that publicity to “that Korean gal” on the front page but we didn’t put a single word — NOT ONE SINGLE WORD — in the paper about Bill Haas winning the AT&T National.
She was, thankfully, wrong. We did have a story in the paper on Haas winning his fifth PGA Tour title with a three-shot win at Congressional, which has hosted several U.S. Opens. I have no comment on the woman’s characterization of Inbee Park as “That Korean gal.”
But in the wake of Park’s rather impressive third major victory in a row at the U.S. Women’s Open, it might be easy to overlook Haas. Then again, I get the general feeling that Haas is an overlooked player on the PGA Tour in general. Now just 30, Haas have five career PGA Tour wins including a Tour Championship win and the 2011 FedEx Cup title. But when people talk about the great young players in the game, there is talk of Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler and Jason Day, but Haas doesn’t get much mention.
But Haas, a winner of the 2010 Bob Hope Classic, has 11 career top-three finishes. Johnson has 12 and Fowler has eight and Day has nine. So Haas is right there with the top young players in the game.
Admittedly, Haas doesn’t help himself get a lot of publicity because he is the quiet type who isn’t out to steal headlines. But the member at Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells is now ranked 24th in the world, and he’s the 12th-ranked American in the OWGR. That might just help him get back onto the Presidents Cup team this year, where his father Jay will be an assistant to captain Fred Couples.
Maybe that will get a little more publicity for the quiet but talented Haas.