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November 29 2011

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Haas hopes to find focus after big year

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FedExCup champ Bill Haas had seven top-10s in 2011, including a win.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- After winning $11.4 million for capturing the FedExCup and winning The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Bill Haas’ biggest challenge might be trying to avoid being complacent. As he said Tuesday, it’s hard to top the kind of season he just had.

“I try to just look back on it and realize how fortunate I was,” Haas said from the Chevron World Challenge. “You gotta find motivation somewhere and not just say, ‘This has been great’ and that's it. I’m just trying to stay motivated, and there's a lot I need to improve on.

“I saw that at The Presidents Cup, playing with these guys and seeing how much there's a lot I need to do to get on some of these guys' levels. It's not necessarily demoralizing. It's more just if I work hard, maybe I can get to this guy's level, which is a lot of fun to see.”

Of course that’s nothing new to Haas. Growing up with that last name -- his father Jay won nine times on the PGA TOUR and 15 more times on the Champions Tour -- it would be just as easy to fold under the pressure of living up to his father’s career as it would to settle on being a good, but not great, player.

Bill’s first win, at the 2010 Bob Hope Classic, in some ways was the turning point and prevented either of those from happening.

“I remember saying this is something I want to do more,” Haas said. “I've done it once. You can do it again.”

And at age 29, having just completed his sixth season on TOUR and newly married -- he and his wife will finally take an overdue honeymoon in Costa Rica next week -- Haas seems to be hitting his stride. But he also wants to take it a step further.

“I had three or four bad Sundays this year that I wish I could get back, and certain players don't have those,” Haas said. “They get in the position and they win; your Tigers, your Phils, those guys.

“I'm still trying to learn that. I think once I do, maybe if I get in more positions to win, maybe I could win more golf tournaments.”

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