Bill Haas’ 18-Hole Lead Doesn’t Bode Well

With his 4-under-par 68 to open the Masters on Thursday, the first time he’d ever gone under 70 in 17 lifetime rounds at Augusta National, Bill Haas was all alone as your 18-hole leader. That’s not exactly a good place to be.

The last time a solo leader of the Masters went on to win the green jacket? 1984. Ben Crenshaw opened with a 67 and held on for a two-shot victory over Tom Watson. And then there’s this: Just nine of the previous 77 Masters winners had the lead all to themselves after 18 holes.

And even if Haas were sharing the lead, that wouldn’t bode much better. Since 1985, only Trevor Immelman in 2008 held a share of the first-round lead and ended up slipping on a green jacket three days later.

Bill Haas 600

Even the fact that Haas is used to leading early won’t give him confidence. His first-round 65 a week ago in Houston put him in a share of the lead, but he didn’t find the 60s the rest of the way.

“I was leading last week after the first round and finished 37th, so I know there’s tons of golf left,” Haas told reporters Thursday.

Maybe Haas’ golfing pedigree will steel him for the next 54 holes. Or maybe it’ll just lead to another close-but-not-good-enough finish.

Bill’s father, Jay, held sole possession of the 1995 Masters after two rounds for his only career lead in the event. He went on to tie for third, his best finish ever at Augusta. Jay Hass made the cut in 19 of his 22 starts at the Masters, finishing in the top 10 five times.

Anything better than 20th place would improve Bill’s Masters best. His career-best at any major is T-12 from the 2011 PGA Championship

But Bill is still young – he’s 31 – so even if it’s not this week, he has plenty of time to win the major that eluded his father. That would officially rank him as the second-best golfer in the Haas family (for the time being).

Bill’s great uncle, Bob Goalby, won the 1968 Masters and a total of 11 PGA Tour events. Bill owns five PGA Tour wins, so he’s got some work to do.

The family’s golf exploits don’t stop there, though. Bill’s uncle, Jerry, was an All-American at Wake Forest and a PGA Tour player in the early 1990s. He appeared in one Masters, where he tied for 31st in 1985, and is currently the head coach at Wake Forest.

Another uncle, his mom’s brother Dillard Pruitt, twice played in the Masters and captured one PGA Tour victory. He’s now a rules official on the tour.

And Bill’s older brother, Jay, competed for Augusta State and once qualified for the 2006 Wachovia Championship, joining Jay and Bill in the field.

Related Link: 2014 Masters – Best Day 1 Style

More Masters Coverage:
2014 Masters Round 1 & 2 Tee Times and Pairings
9 Players to Watch at the Masters
9 Best Golfers Yet to Win a Major
The Masters: 2014 Returning Champions
The Masters: 2014 Rookie Class
The Masters: 2014 Remaining Field
Miguel Angel Jimenez Among Masters Leaders, Twitter Goes Nuts
Justin Rose Fine-Tunes Short Game with Billiards Table
Masters Kid Caddies: The Cutest Things You’ll Ever See
Kevin Streelman Gives Young Fan Tickets to Augusta
Miguel Angel Jimenez’s Masters Routine: Stretching & Smoking
The Masters: Eat Like A King At Augusta
Keegan’s Kicks: Masters Green and Jordan 11s
The Masters: Top 9 All-Time Performances
Tim Herron’s Masters Scripting is Hilarious
Rugby Superstar Dan Carter Meets Rory McIlroy at Augusta Gym
Stadlers Set to be 1st Father-Son Duo in Same Masters
The Best Spots To Watch Golf At Augusta National
Photos: 2014 Returning Masters Champs
Golfstradamaus: The Masters
Masters Dinner: A Side of… Bugs?
Zach Galifianakis Enjoys Bubba Watson’s Awkward Handshake
Drive, Chip & Putt Event Brings Youth Movement To Augusta
The Masters: Insiders Guide
Ticket Masters: Tiger’s Withdrawal Could Cost $50 Million
Throwback Thursday: Masters Traditions & Triumphs (Video)
Masters Thoughts with Will Ferrell (Video)
A Look Inside The Green Jacket
All Shook Up: The Green Jacket (Video)
Oh, the Places Golf’s Majors Trophies Have Been
The Odds: Tiger Withdraws From Masters, Rory Assumes Top Spot
A Tradition Unlike Any Other: Dumb Masters Arguments
The Masters: 9 Greatest Shots (Video)
Augusta’s Famed Eisenhower Tree Removed, ‘Ike’ Probably Happy
2014 Major Venues Not Immune to Winter Blast (Photos)

Masters Gear Coverage:
Nike Releases Scripts for the 2014 Masters
Oakley 2014 Masters Scripting for Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson
PUMA Golf 2104 Masters Scripting for Rickie Fowler, Graham Delaet and Jonas Blixt
Nike Shows Off New Masters-Inspired Shoes
ECCO Releases Limited Edition Fred Couples Shoe
Callaway Golf Unveils Arnold Palmer-Inspired Masters Gear
Cobra Golf Releases Limited Edition Masters Driver