Bill Haas holes miraculous chip to stay alive, and then wins playoff to advance

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Bill Haas holes miraculous chip to stay alive, and then wins playoff to advance

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Bill Haas holes miraculous chip to stay alive, and then wins playoff to advance

When we rank short-game wizards in the history of golf, Bill Haas is bound to be criminally underrated.

Remember Haas getting up and down from a hazard at the 2011 Tour Championship to win that tournament and the FedEx Cup?

The shot from the hazard doesn’t get talked about enough.

He added another amazing, clutch shot around the greens to his resume Friday.

Haas was in a playoff with K.T. Kim at Austin (Texas) Country Club to determine the winner of Group 11 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. The victor of the extra-holes session moved on to the Round of 16, with the loser being eliminated.

Haas looked like he’d be doing the latter as on the second playoff hole (Austin CC’s No. 2), he faced a loooonnng chip for his par while Kim had 20 feet for birdie. Essentially, Haas needed to hole this roughly 40-yard chip to stay alive.

No chance. And then he went ahead and jarred it.

Bill Haas, ladies and gentlemen. What a legendary strike, absolutely had to make a one-in-a-thousand shot to stay alive, and he did.

Kim missed his 20-footer and was actually conceded his nearly 4-foot comebacker to halve the hole.

The pair would halve three more holes before Haas buried a 7-footer for birdie at the par-5 sixth to win the playoff and advance to the Round of 16

What an incredible escape from Haas. We will never again underestimate Haas’ short game.

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