By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- At first, the partnership was supposed to last for just four weeks. But Bill Haas has played so well with his brother Jay Jr. on the bag that the arrangement might last through the end of the 2011 campaign.
"He seems to be having fun with it, and I'm enjoying having him out there," Bill Haas said.
The first time Jay Jr. caddied for his brother this year was at The Greenbrier Classic -- where Bill ended up losing in a playoff to Scott Stallings. He also tied for 12th last week at the PGA Championship with his brother on the bag.
"That's obviously a nice way to start for him, and for me," Bill
Haas said of The Greenbrier Classic. "He's having a baby in a few
weeks and mini-tour results aren't paying for diapers right now. So
partly I wanted to give him some help, and I needed some help on
the course. He's a good enough player to do that for me."
Jay Jr. played collegiately at Augusta State while Haas played at Wake Forest where he won a school-record 10 tournaments and the Ben Hogan Award that goes to the nation’s top collegiate player. Their father, Jay, won nine times on the PGA TOUR and 15 times on the Champions Tour, including three majors.
While the two are enjoying things, Bill says he doesn't want the dynamic between the two to switch to simply a player-caddy relationship.
"That's why I don't think I want it to go too long," he said. "... But for right now, it's just him being my brother on the bag. And he's hustling. He's working hard for me and we're having fun. A few more good finishes and he can kick me off the bag."