February 21 2012
Interview: Bill Haas
Last week's winner gets ready for his second start at Dove Mountain.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
MARANA, Ariz. -- Bill Haas' wife Julie saw the cartoon first.
Haas was dressed all in black, a mask covering his eyes, clutching the silver loving cup that he won when he rolled in an improbable 45-footer – a birdie putt he called the “best” of his career -- on the second hole of sudden death at the Northern Trust Open.
"Don't anybody pay me no mind ... I'll just be on my way," were the words written in the bubble above Haas' head. Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley were pictured nearby, the frustration evident in the way the caricatures were drawn.
"She found on somewhere, me dressed as a thief with the trophy, and them looking at me like I stole it from them in a sense, which was kind of funny," Haas said. "I understand where that came from, that's kind of what happened. I made a 40-footer and all that."
What the cartoon didn't show, though, Haas noted, was that Mickelson and Bradley poured in birdies on the 72nd hole just to join him in that playoff. Haas, playing two groups ahead, had closed with a 69 and was the leader in the clubhouse when the drama erupted on the 18th hole.
"So in a sense if they'd have won, I could say they stole it from me," he said with a smile.
The confidence Haas brings into the World Golf
Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship after his fourth
career win should serve the defending FedExCup champ well in his
second appearance at Dove Mountain. He'll play Ryo Ishikawa in the
first round at 9:45 a.m. ET.
"I'm excited," Haas said. "... I feel like I'm doing a lot of good things on the golf course. Golf-swing-wise I'm still working, even after my win last week, I still feel that there's stuff to work on in my golf swing.
"My putting is the entire reason I was in that playoff.
And then it was fitting to make that long putt like that, because
that was the whole reason I scored any good is because of my short
game last week.
"I think if I can get a good swing thought going for this week, it could be a lot of good things to happen."