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No. 17. Mahan hit the green in regulation, leaving himself some 25 feet from the hole. Haas, on the other hand, pulled his approach and watched in dismay as the ball dribbled into the water hazard guarding the left side of the putting surface. For all intents and purposes, it looked like game, set, match for Mahan. But upon further examination, things weren’t as bad as they originally seemed for Haas. The ball was only halfway submerged. Had he been playing a nickel Nassau with his buddies, it might not have even been considered all that difficult—of course, the pressure was about a zillion times greater. Haas, with his right foot in the hazard, played


Hunter Mahan couldn’t match Haas’ outstanding play on the big day.


it like a bunker shot—a very good bunker shot as it turned out. The ball flew out of the hazard and came to rest three feet from the hole. Suddenly, Mahan’s putt became light years more difficult. He missed his birdie bid, Haas made his putt and they halved the hole with pars. “I just couldn’t buy a putt today,” Mahan said. Now it was off to the 18th hole, something of an oddity since it is a par 3 and a very difficult one at that. Haas’ tee ball found the fringe while Mahan’s was in a bunker. Haas made par. Mahan didn’t, and it was all over. After having lost two playoffs earlier in the season, Haas won one for the ages.


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n Haas was fifth in Fairways Hit (35/56-62.5%). n He was ninth in Putts per Round (28.8). n He was 11th in Greens in Regulation (50/72-69.4%).


PLAYER Bill Haas


FINAL STANDINGS ROUNDS


POS


Hunter Mahan K.J. Choi


Luke Donald


Aaron Baddeley Jason Day


Charles Howell III Adam Scott Bo Van Pelt


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1 2


T3 T3 T3 T6 T6 T6 9


10 1 2 3


68 67 69 67 68 66 68 65 70 66 68 70 68 69 64 67 67 69 67 71 68 67 65 74 71 70 66 68 70


67 4


68 71 70 69 72 71 68 68 68 71


n He was first in Strokes Gained–Putting (8.197 total).


TOTAL SCORE


272 272 273 273 273 274 274 274 275 276


OFFICIAL MONEY $1,440,000


$864,000 $418,666 $418,666 $418,666 $272,000 $272,000 $272,000 $272,000 $272,000


FEDEXCUP POINTS


2,500.00 1,500.00 766.66 766.66 766.66 458.33 458.33 458.33 400.00 375.00


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Check This Out > With his win, Bill Haas joins Chad Campbell (2003) and Bart Bryant (2005) as only players to win the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in their first start.


> He recorded the 17th win by 15 different players in their 20s during 2011, equaling the same number for players in their 30s.


> His victory was his seventh top-10 and 12th top-25 finish of the season (26 starts).


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