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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 28 Bill Haas

Bill Haas

Bill Haas

They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’sGary Williams.

No. 28: Bill Haas

Born: May 24, 1982, Charlotte, N.C. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 6 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,064,024 (24th) | World Ranking: 42

Gary Williams' Take: For someone so consistently good and productive, it is perplexing that Haas has never contended in a major. In 25 major championship starts, Haas has yet to record a top 10 with his best results being ties for 12th at the 2015 Masters and the 2011 PGA. The FedExCup champion in 2011 has six career victories and won the clinching point for his dad Jay Haas’ Presidents Cup team last fall after hitting a brilliant second shot to the closing hole in his singles match. Haas struggles with his putter and ranked 149th in strokes gained, putting on Tour in 2015, and his final round scoring average was 161st. Still, there are few who would disagree that he is a top-20 talent in the game and true gentleman. He just needs to be kinder to himself; as his former instructor Billy Harmon told me, “It’s OK to get mad, just don’t beat yourself up.” I expect Haas to have his best year and make his first Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine.

Major Championship Résumé

Starts: 25
Wins: 0

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2015 Performance:
Masters – T12
U.S. Open – Cut
British Open – Cut
PGA Championship – T65

Best Career Finishes:
Masters – T12 (2015)
U.S. Open – T23 (2011)
British Open – T19 (2012)
PGA Championship – T12 (2011)

Top-10 Finishes: 0
Top-25 Finishes: 7
Missed Cuts: 8

— Gary Williams is a co-host of Morning Drive on the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @garywilliamsGC on Twitter. 

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