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The Tour Report

February 17 2013

12:45 PM

Recent swing tip helps Haas

Bill Haas has a three-shot lead going into the final round at Riviera. (How/Getty Images)

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

Bill Haas will have a familiar face alongside him in the final group: fellow Wake Forest alum Webb Simpson, who arrived on the Winston Salem, N.C., campus the year after Haas graduated.

But part of the reason Haas is playing in the final group goes back to some work he did on his swing with coach Billy Harmon and dad and Champions Tour player Jay Haas after the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

"My swing looked lazy and I was getting ahead of it," Haas told Golf Channel Sunday morning. "I'm basically trying to hit it really high and a little harder. It's helped me stay behind it. Having a little more speed is key for me."

A third-round 64 certainly helped.

As for playing with Simpson, whom he leads by three? "It'll be an easy walk," Haas said. "I have to beat the golf course. We'll be grinding out there."

Haas and Simpson will tee off, along with Charl Schwartzel (also three back), at 1:30 p.m. ET.