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December 3 2013

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No. 28 player to watch: Bill Haas

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With the PGA TOUR set to resume its 2013-14 season the first week of January, PGATOUR.COM is previewing the top 30 players to watch heading into the new year. We'll count down one a day in December until we unveil our No. 1 player to watch on Dec. 30, the Monday of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Check out this preview of No. 28 Bill Haas and join the discussion below on how you think he'll perform in 2014. Click here for more on the top 30 to watch in 2014.


NO. 28 PLAYER TO WATCH: BILL HAAS

2014 OUTLOOK: Steady. Consistent. Predictable. Any and all of these words can be used to describe Bill Haas, who has won at least once in each of the previous four PGA TOUR seasons. Looking at his game, it's easy to see why he's had success. The genetics from father Jay as part of one of golf's great families aside, Haas has no real holes in his game. He hits it far enough and straight enough and is a very good ball-striker. He also tends to play well on classic courses. So what should we expect from Haas in 2013-14? More of the same of course. -- Brian Wacker

THUS FAR THIS SEASON: Haas tied for 16th at the CIMB Classic and 21st at the WGC-HSBC Champions.

EXPERT VIEWS
FANTASY OUTLOOK
At the center of the converging trends gamers desire. Turns 32 in May. Co-led the PGA TOUR with nine top 10s in 2013 and logged another seven top 25s. And he's overcome a relatively average game off the tee. Put it all together and he's this close to breaking out. -- Rob Bolton
ON THE MARK
This former FedExCup champion is one of the TOUR’s most underrated players. Bill has a super golf swing and is sneaky long off the tee.  More than anything he is a beautiful iron player thanks to his simple approach to his game. His languid and unhurried action also makes him a beautiful pitcher of the ball but he does run hot and cold on the greens. -- Mark Immelman
COURSE PREFERENCE 
The apple did not fall far from the tree in the Haas family. It’s hard to be a nicer person, or possess a better all-around game than Jay Haas but Bill has emulated his father in every aspect. Put him on a classic course and he seemingly gets into contention every time. Why not dream big for Bill in 2014? Pinehurst No. 2 is a good match for his game. -- Fred Albers
INSIDE THE NUMBERS 
Haas has steadily improved on the greens over the past four seasons, going from 114th in 2010 to 47th in ’13 in strokes gained-putting. One problem area that stands out is his proximity ranking, where he has ranked inside the top 100 just once in the past five seasons. -- Bill Cooney

VIDEO VAULT

Super Slo-Mo Drive: Bill Haas

Four-time PGA TOUR winner and Emmy-winning broadcaster Billy Kratzert analyzes this tee shot from Bill Haas at the 2012 The Barclays.
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