Haas claims Tour title and FedEx Cup
Determination, perseverance and performance in the clutch were on display at the TOUR Championship, as Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas claimed both the regular season ending event and the coveted FedEx Cup in a thrilling sudden death playoff.
Trusting a complete bag of Titleist equipment from tee-to-green, Haas showed remarkable resilience and creative shot making to top fellow Pro V1x golf ball loyalist Hunter Mahan in dramatic fashion on the third extra hole.
Haas shot a final round 2-under 68, and the pair finished regulation at 8-under 272, to advance to the richest sudden death playoff in golf history.
Haas’ most important shot proved to be his third at the par-4 17th (second playoff hole) after his approach dribbled into the water to the right of the green.
With most of his Pro V1x golf ball above the water line, he hit an explosion shot with his Vokey Design 60 degree E grind wedge with 7 degrees of bounce (60.07), to within 3 feet.
He saved par and forced the third and winning playoff hole.
What’s In Bill Haas’ Bag?
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball; 910D2 driver (8.5); 910F fairway metal (13.5); CB 2-iron (712), CB 3-P (710); Vokey Design sand (54) and lob (60) wedges; Scotty Cameron Kombi belly putter.
Three more Titleist golf ball loyalists – World No. 1 Luke Donald (Pro V1x), K.J. Choi (Pro V1) and Aaron Baddeley (Pro V1x) – tied for 3rd place, one shot out of the playoff, as each of the top five finishers and eight of the top 10 at the TOUR Championship trusted the #1 ball in golf for their success.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Adam Scott (Pro V1, 910D3 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi Long putter) and Charles Howell III (Pro V1x) tied for 6th, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Bo Van Pelt (Pro V1, 909D2 driver, 910Fd fairway metal, 910H hybrid, CB 4/MB 5-9 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Timeless putter) finished solo 9th.
The win was the third of Haas’ PGA TOUR career and his first of the season.
Last year, he won the Bob Hope Classic and the Viking Classic.
He had already participated in two three-man playoffs this year, at the Humana Challenge and The Greenbrier Classic.
Haas entered the week as a longshot to win the FedExCup.
He was ranked 25th out of the 30 participants in points.
He edged fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson by a mere 15 points for the $10 million bonus in the season-long race.