Each week, PGATOUR.COM will take a look at one of the FedExCup contenders in the field and break down his past performances at that week's event, FedExCup history, and potential for success in the 2013 FedExCup chase.
The ultimate goal in any sport is to win championships. Competitors and teams play through long, difficult seasons with hopes of reaching their peak as the final stretch to the championship comes up on the calendar.
Since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007, qualifying for (and finding success in) the FedExCup Playoffs has been the goal for players across the TOUR. The goal is to qualify for the Playoffs, then play well enough to have a chance at winning the FedExCup when the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola comes around.
Bill Haas proved that the FedExCup is up for grabs in 2011 when, after entering the TOUR Championship at No. 25 in the standings, he defeated Hunter Mahan in a playoff to win both the tournament and the FedExCup. Haas remains the lowest-ranked player at East Lake to ever claim a FedExCup.
In football, the 2007 New York Giants didn’t even win their division before knocking off the unbeaten Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. In baseball, the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals squeaked into the playoffs on the season’s final day then defeated the 100-win Phillies, NL Central champion Brewers and the big-hitting Texas Rangers to win the World Series. Golf has Haas and his shot from a water hazard on No. 17 at East Lake.
Haas, who missed the cut in his home state at the Wyndham Championship that year, got hot at the right time, picked up three top-25 finishes in the Playoffs and took home the TOUR’s biggest prize.
Sedgefield CC hasn’t been particularly kind to Haas but, his 2011 MC aside, he’s got three top 30 finishes in his other three trips since 2009 including a tie for seventh last year. It seems 13 is his lucky number at the Wyndham Championship. He’s carded 13-under 267s there in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
Haas has been one of the TOUR’s most consistent players in 2013 with a TOUR-high nine top-10 finishes and a victory at the AT&T National in his 15 made cuts. That kind of strong play and consistency has placed him at sixth in the FedExCup standings meaning he likely won’t need to have his best stuff to make it to East Lake. After he gets there, as we saw in 2011, anything can happen.
|Haas's FedExCup finishes|
|Haas's Wyndham Championship results, FedExCup standings|