May 1 2013
Bill Haas has finished fourth at the Wells Fargo Championship twice.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If Bill Haas sees a rules official approaching his group at Quail Hollow this week, and neither he nor his playing partners requested a consulation, you'd better clear a path to the parking lot. Fast.
"I'll probably know something's up," Haas said with a wry grin.
That's because the birth of Haas' first child, a son, is imminent. The due date is May 17 but he and his wife Julie have scheduled a c-section for May 13, which is the Monday after THE PLAYERS Championship, a tournament Haas also plans to play.
So it's safe to say Haas is on high alert for the next two weeks. He's 90 minutes from his home in Greenville, S.C., as he plays in the Wells Fargo Championship, and he'll have a plane on the ready when he heads to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., for THE PLAYERS next week.
"I think it could come any day, her being a small girl and the guy's not in the right position," Haas said, adding that the baby is breech. "I feel like he's going to want to get out of there soon."
Haas' father Jay, who will be an assistant captain for the Presidents Cup team this fall, has faced similar situations. Five times, in fact. The elder Haas even played the Memorial Tournament three days after Bill was born on Monday -- and tied for eighth. So the family knows how golf and life can collide.
"I think it was just a little different back then," Bill said. "My dad played 30 events a year. Today's day that's a lot. Certainly I think they had close calls."
Haas said he and his wife will likely name their baby William Harlan Haas, Jr. but the soon-to-be dad is quick to say they'll call him William.
"I'm a little nervous," Haas acknowledged. "But I think I'm just exited. I want to be a dad. I'm nervous to do the wrong thing with him. But other than that I'm just fired up to get it started."
Julie Haas has been in Charlotte this week but plans to head home after the first round. Haas will join her after the tournament is over and likely won't go to Ponte Vedra Beach until Tuesday night.
"THE PLAYERS is a big deal for us but the baby's obviously a bigger deal," Haas said.
Maybe it's an omen that the final round of THE PLAYERS will be held on Mother's Day.