By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
CARMEL, Ind. – Bill Haas was hoping to be the first reigning FedExCup champion to defend his title at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Instead, just like all the previous defending champs, Haas will not be at East Lake when the FedExCup is decided.
Tiger Woods (2007), Vijay Singh (2008), Woods again (2009) and Jim Furyk (2010) were the previous FedExCup champs who either did not play in the Playoffs or did not qualify for the the TOUR Championship the year after their win.
“Honestly, it seems like the same old story, something I’ve been doing a lot this year,” a disappointed Haas said after his round. “Under the gun haven’t been able to get it done. It’s something I’ve got to address and get better.”
Haas hit arguably the shot of the year in 2011 when he blasted out of shallow water to save par at the 17th hole in a playoff against Hunter Mahan at the TOUR Championship. Haas then went on to beat Mahan in the playoff and claim the FedExCup title.
Haas also had a clutch putt this year to claim the Northern Trust Open in a playoff against Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley.
But he’s frustrated with his play under pressure, especially this week.
“When there’s some pressure and there’s a pressure situation, I’ve got to be able to bear down and shoot a good number and not just blow up,” he said. “I seem to do it often. It’s frustrating. …
“When nerves are an issue and under the gun, I’ve got to be better -- and right now I’m far from competitive.”