He’ll have a job to beat the favoured men at the 80th US Masters this weekend, but Bill Haas could provide plenty of positives for those who back the American to succeed elsewhere at Augusta.
Haas is 100/1 to wear the Green Jacket on Sunday night, and while stranger things have happened, it may be wise to look outside of the outright market.
The 33-year-old heads to Augusta having claimed six top-20 finishes in his last nine events, and he’s 9/4 for another in Georgia.
Backing him for a top-20 would have paid out a lot in recent years, with Haas achieving the fete in each his last three Augusta efforts.
A tie for 12th last year is his best result and he’s arguably in better form this time around.
The 33-year-old was beaten by Charl Schwartzel in a play-off in the Valspar Championship, and followed that up with a T17 at the WGC World Match Play last time out.
The American has been pitched with Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer for the opening two days, and that can only serve to boost the man from North Carolina.
What’s more, Haas is positively local, coming from Charlotte, and he’s got family ties to the Masters that nobody can match.
His great uncle Bob Goalby won the Green Jacket in 1968, playing the course 27 times in total, while his father Jay entered 22 times, netting three top-fives and was third in 1995.
Even Haas’ uncle Jerry has taken on the US Masters, finishing T31 in 1985.
Haas makes no bones that the US Masters is his favourite Major, and now he’s in the form to have his best tilt yet at claiming that Green Jacket.
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