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April 5 2012

7:39 PM

FedExCup champ keeps himself ‘in mix’

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Bill Haas has played nine career rounds at Augusta National, the latest one coming Thursday. Thus far, he has yet to break 70 in any of those rounds.

If he wants to add a Green Jacket to the FedExCup trophy he won last year, he knows he'll need to find a way to get into the 60s. Not since Larry Mize's win 25 years ago has the Masters been won by a player shooting four rounds in the 70s.

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"I'm going to need something in the 60s, and I still haven't broken 70 around this place," Haas said after his even-par 72. "Something in the 60s this week is something I'm planning on doing."

Haas started shakily, with two bogeys in his first five holes. Earlier in his career, a start like that would been unnerving. But having won the FedExCup title with a dramatic finish last year, and then rallying to win the Northern Trust Open earlier this year after nearly missing the cut, Haas didn't panic.

Instead, he birdied three of the next four holes to make the turn at 1 under. He remained that way until a bogey at the par-3 16th dropped him back to even par.

"I didn't necessarily lose the golf tournament today with a big number," Haas said. "I think I just kind of kept myself in the mix."

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