Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:33 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2012 6:07 pm

Not just clubs in the bag, but cash, too

By Steve Elling

MARANA, Ariz. -- Hey, sometimes, failure can be its own reward.

Bill Haas, the winner in thrilling fashion last weekend at Riviera in Los Angeles, uses big brother Jay Jr., as his caddie. Jay, named after their PGA Tour-playing father, took a shot at Qualifying School last fall but washed out in the first stage.

Now he's back on his little brother's bag, as he was when Bill won the FedEx Cup finale in Atlanta last year. By the way, winning caddies typically earn 10 percent of their boss' purse, which means Jay Jr. has pocketed about $250,000 for his brother's two victories over the last few months.

"I actually asked him last week, 'Are you glad you're here, or would you rather be in a mini-tour event somewhere," Bill said Tuesday.

Kyle Stanley's caddie, Brett Waldman, is another strong player who made it to the Q-school finals in 2010 and spent last year on the Nationwide Tour, where he got his teeth kicked in. Asked Tuesday how much money he made, he smiled and cracked, "I don't know. Not enough. That's why I'm here."

Waldman made a shade over $6,000 in a full season on the Nationwide, which surely didn;t cover his expenses, and pocketed over $100,000 when Stanley won in Phoenix three weeks ago.
Category: Golf
Posted on: May 6, 2011 4:22 pm

Quail Hollow becoming House of Haas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The homeboy is holding steady.

Charlotte-born Bill Haas, whose father is a member at Quail Hollow Club, had his second straight solid day and finished at 10 under to take the halfway lead at the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday.

The Haas clan lives about 90 miles down the road in South Carolina, but they have deep roots at the host course and Jay Haas, now a regular on the Champions Tour, helped land a tournament at Quail Hollow.

"I've said this would probably be, outside of the majors, this would be my number one tournament to win, just because of the people involved with the tournament," Bill Hass said after his second-round 70. "When I walk in the clubhouse, everybody I see, I know. It's just the feelings I would have on Sunday night hanging around with all those guys would probably be unlike any other tournament. 

"I don't think that adds any extra pressure because it's just there's the pressure of winning any tournament that will be on me on the weekend. But to put myself in that situation to where I even have that chance to even talk about it is nice."

Haas attended college at nearby Wake Forest and while he's a South Carolina resident now, the ties still bind. 

"I don't know, I think this is one tournament that I always look forward to," he said. "A month out, I'm like, I can't wait to get to that tournament.  It just has a good feel about it.  I've got a lot of good friends here, a lot of Deacon fans here, which I'm hearing, 'Go Deacs,' out there a lot, which is nice. 

"But it's just probably our best event outside of majors. I've said that before. I think every player enjoys it, and I'm biased by growing up and coming here a lot."

Category: Golf
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