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Top 20 Golfers for 2012 Majors: No. 15 Bill Haas


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2012 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Throughout the month of March, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 20 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 15:Bill Haas

Born: May 24, 1982, Charlotte, N.C. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 4|2011 Wins (Worldwide): 1| 2011 Earnings (PGA Tour): $4,088,637 World Ranking: 14

Brandel Chamblee's Take:

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The 2011 FedExCup champ has never finished in the top 10 in a major, but he was one of the few in the world to make the cut in every major in only his sixth year on Tour. It has taken him awhile to find his footing, but at 29 years old he should, over the next decade, be one of the premier players in the game. His top-5 ball-striking rank coupled with his ranking of third in putting from inside five feet explains his success last year and point towards great things in 2012. It looks like Haas might not know how good he is, but simultaneously lifting the Tour Championship trophy and the FedExCup should give him the confidence to contend and perhaps win a major in the very near future.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 9
Wins: 0

2011 Performance:
Masters - T42
U.S. Open - T23
British Open - T57
PGA Championship - T12

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T26 (2010)
U.S. Open - T23 (2011)
British Open - T57 (2011)
PGA Championship - T12 (2011)
Top-10 Finishes: 0
Top-25 Finishes: 2
Missed Cuts: 3

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.