It’s been a while since I have blogged, but after watching the Tour Championship, I have been inspired to resume my blogging habits.

Golf for all intensive purposes, is a rather boring and mundane sport to watch. It is by no means fast paced, as most rounds last 4 ½ hours plus, and if you are playing on one of the various professionals tours around the world, rounds can last even longer! Players are not leveling each other on the playing field, throwing down miraculous dunks, or bicycling in goals from a great cross from the far corner.

However, the playoff between Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas for both the Tour Championship and the Fed-Ex Cup was quite exciting to watch. Both players had a lot on the line. Haas, seeking a captain’s pick for the President’s Cup had a dismal 0-3 record in previous playoffs lacked the resume of a proficient closer. Mahan, winless all year, was seeking that elusive victory, at what is often coined the Tour’s 5th major.  Oh yeah, did I mention there was the $10 Million Fed-Ex Cup on the line?

On the second playoff hole, Bill Haas decided to play dirty. After hitting his ball in the water left of the 17th green, Haas slashed and splashed his ball an astonishing three feet from the hole. This proverbial low-blow to Hunter Mahan let Mahan and everyone else know that fate may very well be on the side of Haas. The next hole was all that was needed for Haas to claim both the Tour Championship and the Fed-Ex Cup. Astonishingly, at first Haas did not realize he won the Fed-Ex Cup as well. I’m not sure how you could not know you were playing for $10 million, but that is topic for another post.

Bill Haas’ victory put him over the $14 million dollar mark in earnings for 2011, only a few hundred thousand less than his father’s career earnings on the PGA Tour that spanned over 30 years and nearly 600 made cuts on the PGA Tour.

With the demise of Tiger Woods and the strong showings by Europeans in the majors, Bill Haas might be one of the best things going in American golf. I hope he puts the money into a bank account and does not let it go straight to his brain. With a little hard work and proper focus, he may be the best America has to offer.

 

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