From Father to Son: The Haas Duo Making HistoryPublished on 05/04/2022 · 4 min readGolf Expert Andrew Howard covers Jay Haas' record-breaking return to professional golf and the father-son team that emerged.
The 68-year-old pro golfer Jay Haas teamed up with his son, Bill Haas, at the Zurich Classic to become the oldest player in the field at TPC Louisiana. The Zurich Classic takes on a unique format where PGA Tour Players play a doubles contest. Rounds One and Three are played in a best-ball competition and Rounds Two and Four are played as an alternate shot. While Jay Haas has had a very solid career on the PGA Tour, he hasn’t teed it up on the PGA Tour since 2010!
His return to competition has been brought on by his son, Bill, who was trying to get him to be on his team. Jay reportedly felt hesitant about it, as he thought he couldn’t offer his son much help in having a successful tournament. However, Jay’s mind started to change as the nostalgia of being on the driving range with great players and the desire to play with his son beckoned. Bill wanted Jay on his team as he’s always looked up to him—not only as his Dad but also as his golf mentor.
Jay made his official 799th start on the PGA Tour with the second most all-time starts on the PGA Tour. He’s also made the Tour cut over 74% of the time! During his days, Jay says it was somewhat normal to play 30 tournaments a year because the prize money was a lot less than it is nowadays. Despite the changing landscape of golf, Jay still has a strong competitive drive to win, a passion for golf, and the ability to pull off different golf shots!
From their conversations in interviews, it doesn’t seem like history is in the front of either player’s mind. Bill has wanted to golf with his Dad for the last couple of years, however, his status didn’t allow him to do so. Bill could only be asked by another person to join their doubles team, not to ask someone to join his team. As Bill discussed, the father-son combo seems like it might be a good jump start to Bill Haas’ career, as he’ll be able to get his dad’s advice inside the ropes, golfing side by side with him in a PGA event. The 2011 FedEx Cup winner has not won a PGA Tour event since the 2014Humana Challenge. Hopefully, his father’s influence will be the change he needs.
At the Zurich Open, the Haas duo had a solid first-round 65 in the best-ball format, which was nothing to shrug your shoulders at with a star-studded field with names like Scottie Scheffler, Collin Morikawa, Cameron Smith, Patrick Cantlay, etc. However, Round Two was the real test to see if the Haas team could make the cut in a tougher alternate-shot format. This is also one of the longer courses on the PGA Tour, which made it even harder on his son because they will be hitting longer clubs into many of the holes.
On the 18th hole of Round Two, the Haas family faced a putt for par. It was none other than Jay Haas that needed to sink the putt to advance the due onto the third and fourth round. If he made a bogey, they would miss the cut. The 18-time PGA Tour Champion winner sized up the putt and drained it, making it look like a mere causality. However, Jay admitted that was the most nervous he has ever been on a golf course in his entire career. Quite shocking for an accomplished pro golfer with so many wins under his belt! But, that just goes to show you how much being able to play with his son in this event meant to Jay.
Once Jay Haas made the putt, he broke a 42-year record once held by legendary golfer Sam Snead for the oldest player (achieved at 67 years old) to make the cut on the PGA Tour. Now, making PGA tour history, Jay Haas upped the ante at 68 years old with his son by his side. What an accomplishment for the Haas family! Bill took a T59 at the Mexico Open on the PGA Tour with eight straight cuts made. Hopefully, the former FedEx Cup Champion can find his form again soon, as he takes the the Wells Fargo Championship this week.
It will be interesting if Jay Haas will change his mind and play his last tour event next year to reach 800 PGA Tour events played in his career, as he is only four events away from tying the all-time record of most PGA Tour Event played (803 by Mark Brooks). We will have to wait and see!