March 21 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Bill Haas' neck and shoulder still hurts since he strained them the week of the Northern Trust Open. Just not as bad as three bogeys over his final five holes Thursday.
Haas played his first dozen holes at Bay Hill in 6 under with four birdies and an eagle, putting him within one of leader Justin Rose.
Then he missed the green on the par-3 14th, where he failed to get up and down, missing from 9 feet to save par.
Three holes later, Haas went long on the par-3 17th and into a bunker. He hit poor pitch, landing 42 feet past the hole and two-putted for another bogey.
Things looked promising on the 18th -- until he three-putted from 8 feet for the final blow.
"It is disappointing," Haas said. "I had a really, really good round of ball-striking."
To his point, he hit 12 of 14 fairways and 14 greens in regulation.
As for his neck, Haas hasn't had any X-rays, but says it hurts when he turns his head to the left. "And when you swing, you look to the left," he said.
Haas strained his neck and shoulder the week of the event in L.A., when he was bending down to pick up a towel off the floor outside the shower.
He took last week of to rest it, but it didn't help.
"It still feels bad," Haas said. "It certinaly hurts more when you make three bogeys. It's one of those things when you're playing well you don't feel it and when you aren't you do."