August 8 2012
Editor’s note: Bill Haas, the reigning FedExCup champion, will be writing a blog for PGATOUR.COM each week leading up to, and through, the Playoffs. Here is his most recent installment.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- I've watched the Weather Channel religiously this week. I'll bet everybody has. We've had a lot of thunderstorms and a lot of rain delays the last few days. I think it's going to be more of the same once the PGA Championship gets under way, too. It looks like there's a good chance for thunderstorms every day. But if anything, the last few days might just have prepared us to get used to coming off the course and hanging out in family dining and the locker room until the horn blows again. Hurry up and wait, I guess. Yesterday I was able to get nine holes in before play was suspended. Then I went in and had lunch and when I got done they opened the course up again so I played the front. Today I came out here later. When I woke up this morning it was thundering and lightning so I figured I'd just sleep in. I was able to play the back nine pretty easily this afternoon. So I definitely worked my way around the weather.
I think I got as much preparation in as I wanted, though. I played 18 holes yesterday and nine today, and that's pretty common for me before a tournament. I think probably I wouldn't have stopped yesterday if I'd had the choice. But I'm still working on certain things in my swing, and I feel like I've seen the course enough to play it. The way I look at it, pretty much if you execute golf shots, you'll be fine. And if you hit some bad ones you can't blame lack of preparation.
I've played a good number of rounds of golf here on the coast of South Carolina, too. My parents have a beach house a little bit north of here and growing up in South Carolina I played some tournaments down here. So I've certainly played golf in the ocean breezes. But I don't know if that gives me an edge or not. Like I said, if you hit bad shots the wind is going to affect you but if you hit good ones, you can usually get around that. So I don't know if I'll have an advantage at all but I've certainly seen breezes like this.
This is a week you're just going to need to be patient. That's something my dad stresses with me all the time. I don't think I'm as patient as I can be. But that's just something where you come in, maybe you've made a couple of birdies and the horn blows and you're frustrated. Well, once you get in, you see everybody else has stopped, too, and you're not the only one who's affected. I do think there are going to be guys who play a full 18 holes with no stopping and others who stop two or three times in a round. That's just is what it is and you have to deal with that and hopefully it all works out.
I feel a little bit better overall after the way I played last week at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. I did have a bad finish again, just like at the British Open. I was 3 under through 11 holes on Sunday and shot even par. So I certainly would have liked to have turned that around, but I shot some good scores on a tough golf course so I have some good vibes. I feel good with the driver and my putting has come around. I think putting certainly can make or break a good or bad round. Your putting can make up for a lot of bad shots. But I think if my irons can be a little more consistent I'd be a little bit better. So I've been working hard on it.
We're staying on the island this week, which is really nice. My wife and I and the Watneys have rented a house together and we're having a good time. I really like Nick and our wives get along well. Monday night we had a group -- the Snedekers, the Clarks and the Hoffmans -- over for dinner. My wife and I cooked Mexican, and some of the others brought some dips and things. So we had a big time. We've been doing little things like that but nothing crazy. I enjoy cooking in. We went to dinner at the Sanctuary last night so maybe we'll cook again tonight. The girls went into Charleston today for lunch and shopping. They're probably having more fun than we're having. But I can't complain. This is a great job I have.
I'm looking forward to the first round, too. I've felt a lot of support from the fans so far this week. I've heard a lot of "Go, Deacons" -- there are lot of Wake Forest people down here -- and certainly with it being in the state there's a good number of people here from Greenville, where I live. So it's nice to have people behind you. Hopefully I give them something to cheer about this week.
Ready or not, it starts tomorrow. I'm itching to get out there and post a number.