American Bill Haas isn’t especially
exciting. Unless he has a golf club in his
hand. On a big stage.
Last year, he got up and down from a
water hazard en route to $10 million and
The Tour Championship. Sunday at historic
Riviera, he calmly laid up on a drivable
par 4 – with his second shot – to the middle of
the wicked 10th green. Then, he bloodlessly
buried a 45-foot birdie putt that won him
another huge tournament on the second hole
of a three-man playoff.
This, after countrymen Phil Mickelson and
Keegan Bradley had forced overtime by both
birdieing the 72nd hole amid deafening roars
that will still be echoing through the Palisades
when the curtain comes up at next Sunday’s
nearby Oscars. Los Angeles is, after all, home
to the movie industry.
So, with apologies to James Bond: Bill
Haas, in the heat of yet another big moment,
was stirred but not shaken.
Meanwhile in Thailand, Yani Tseng wasted
no time reminding everybody why she’s miles
better than anybody else on her competitive
landscape. Back-to-back 65s, followed by a
closing 66, will do it every time. Since turning
pro, Tseng has won every 12. 5 starts.
Finally, this from the department of
redundancy department: The 64 best players
in the world are heading for Arizona and
the World Golf Championships-Accenture
Match Play Championship. It’s an annoyingly
ponderous title. But as championships go,
this championship is quite a championship.
Honda LPGA Thailand
champion Yani Tseng
Northern Trust Open
winner Bill Haas