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July 30 2011

9:16 PM

New putter helps Haas

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. --  A new Scotty Cameron putter paid dividends for Bill Haas on Saturday during the third round of The Greenbrier Classic.

Haas needed just 24 putts to shoot a 65 that propelled him 19 spots up the leaderboard and into a tie for third. The former Wake Forest All-American will start the final round three strokes off the pace set by Anthony Kim, with a chance to win the third PGA TOUR event of his career.

Haas "I just wanted to try something new," Haas said of the change to a putter that was “almost complete opposite” to the one he had been employing. "Haven't been good on the greens, so it's just something for us to try."

Haas made six birdies on Saturday, including four in a back-nine 32. He birdied both par 5s, holing a 20-foot chip at No. 12 after flubbing the one before it and getting up and down from a greenside bunker at the 17th. The other four birdies came from inside 16 feet.

"I kept it pretty much in front of me and made a couple nice putts, which you have to do," Haas said. "These greens a rolling pretty nice, and you got to take advantage of your chances because there's definitely a few pins that you just can't get to on these greens. So fortunately,  made a couple and didn't have too many mistakes."

Haas won two times last season -- and nearly was successful in his title defense at the Bob Hope Classic before losing in a playoff. That was one of five top-10s the lanky South Carolinian has put together this year.

He’s got a great opportunity for another on Sunday at The Old White TPC>

"No matter what I'm going to have to shoot a good number," Haas said. "It's just nice to be in that position and have some sort of shot.  Hopefully I can just go out and get it under par, and if I have a chance at the end, then that'll be a bonus."

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