Bill Haas Ready For First Masters Appearance
April 6, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Former Wake Forest All-American Bill Haas will be making his first appearance at the hallowed grounds of Augusta National this week as he is set to compete in the 2010 Masters.
Haas earned his spot in the field by virtue of winning the Bob Hope Classic earlier this season. The victory was the first of his career. He has also recorded three-straight top-20s coming into this week, including a tie for sixth at the WGC-CA Championship last month.
The South Carolina native will be the first Demon Deacon to compete in The Masters since his father Jay Haas finished 48th in 2005. Jay also finished tied for 17th in 2004 after opening with a 3-under 69. The Haas' are now the 11th father-son combo to compete at The Masters.
Haas is paired this week for the first two rounds with Anders Hanson and Todd Hamilton. The threesome will be the ninth group off Thursday morning at 9:18 am and Friday afternoon at 12:36 pm. ESPN will have live coverage of the first two rounds from 4-7:30 pm and CBS Sports will carry the final two rounds from 2-7 pm. Fans can also watch all of the action live on the internet via CBS' live video streaming.
Some of the other notable former Demon Deacons and their Masters' history:
Arnold Palmer played in a record 50 Masters and won four times in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964. He notched 12 top-10s in 13 years from 1955 to 1967. Palmer will be one of the honorary starters again this week.
Lanny Wadkins played in 23 Masters and recorded five top-10s. He finished tied for third three times in four years in 1990, 1991 and 1993.
Jay Haas had three top-5s in 22 appearances at Augusta. He finished tied for third in 1995 after firing a second round 64 and holding the 36-hole lead.
Curtis Strange played in 19 Masters, finishing tied for second in 1985 and was low amateur in 1976 as he tied for 15th.
Scott Hoch played 18 times at Augusta and posted three top-10 finishes including finishing second in1989 as he fell to Nick Faldo in a playoff.
Gary Hallberg played in five Masters tournaments and finished tied for sixth in 1985.
Len Mattiace played in just three Masters but he played one of the best final rounds in history, firing a 7-under 65 in 2002 to force a playoff with Mike Weir. However, Mattiace would end-up falling in the playoff.
Jerry Haas was low amateur in 1986 as he tied for 31st in his only Masters appearance.