Bill Haas won the AT&T National by three strokes to join Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose as the only golfers on the U.S. PGA Tour with at least one victory in each of the last four years.
Haas, 31, shot a 5-under-par 66 during yesterday’s final round at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, to finish with a four-round total of 12-under 272. His U.S. countryman Roberto Castro was second at 9-under after a 69 and another American, Jason Kokrak, tied with D.H. Lee of South Korea for third place a shot further back.
Haas received $1.17 million for his fifth career PGA Tour win, which came in his 229th start. His father, Jay, got his fifth win in his 181st start and totaled nine PGA Tour titles.
“It’s so hard to win out here; it’s pretty special,” Haas told reporters. “The putter felt great and saved me on the back nine a couple of times.”
Haas, who started the day in a four-way tie for the lead, had one bogey and six birdies to secure his first win since the Northern Trust Open in February 2012. He came into the AT&T National having missed the cut for weekend play at three of his four most-recent PGA Tour events.
Haas, who won the season-ending Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup in 2011, was congratulated after his round today by Tiger Woods, whose foundation hosts the event. Woods wasn’t in the field because of an elbow injury and isn’t scheduled to play again until the British Open, which begins July 18.
“He played beautifully,” Woods said of Haas. “He handled his business through the tougher stretch of holes and pulled away.”
The tour now moves to the Old White TPC at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, for this week’s Greenbrier Classic.