August 15 2012
Editor’s note: Bill Haas, the reigning FedExCup champion, will be writing a blog for PGATOUR.COM through the Playoffs. Here is his third installment.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Wyndham Championship is a tournament that I pretty much always want to pen in my schedule. There are a lot of reasons I like to play here at Sedgefield. I just enjoy the atmosphere. I went to college near here at Wake Forest and there always seem to be a lot of Demon Deacon fans out there in the gallery. The tournament gave me a spot when I was first starting out, too, which I really appreciate. Who knows? Maybe I thought it would be nice to come back and relive those memories.
Plus, it's a great opportunity for a good week before the FedExCup Playoffs start. Webb Simpson used this week to springboard himself into a really great scenario -- he went from 12th to third in the FedExCup standings -- when he won here last year so maybe I can do something like that, too. I'm 25th right now so it would be great to work my way up and solidify my spot in the top 30. I really want to get to East Lake this year and have a chance to win the FedExCup again. My game feels okay, too. It feels like I'm doing a lot right. The putter needs to be a little more consistent, though. But I am just trying to stay confident in every aspect of the game. You never know what can happen. I proved that last year. So you have to keep plugging.
I'm not getting the consistency I want right now. My good has just not been quite good enough. I'm kind of right there but then I make two bogeys coming in at the Bridgestone Invitational and four bogeys on the back nine last week at the PGA Championship and that cost me a lot. If I shoot even on those back nines -- which is asking a lot, I know, on tough courses like those two -- that's a big difference. If I shoot even I'd have some really good finishes, a couple of top-10s in big tournaments. So I'm close. I certainly hope there are good things to come. Maybe it will happen in the next few weeks.
I like Sedgefield. My best finish here is a tie for 10th in 2009. They switched the greens from Bent to Bermuda earlier this year and they are certainly much more difficult. They putt pretty true, though, and they're amazingly nice for how new they are. I think they should be proud of what they've done with the greens. It will make the course play tougher. I think the winner's score will be much higher, too.
It's going to be a good week. As you might expect, I've had a lot of ticket requests but that's not a problem. They're usually great about that here at this tournament. And more than anything, they want to see you do well and if you are doing well then they always seem to get in your corner, which makes playing here more fun. I hope I can play well and get some momentum heading into the Playoffs. Two of the courses are new to me -- Crooked Stick and Bethpage Black – so that will be interesting. But I am looking forward to playing two really good, tough golf courses. But first things first. Let's see how the Wyndham Championship shakes down.