3. Bill Haas pulled away from the pack to win the AT&T National at Congressional. Many of us assumed Haas would break out after winning the '11 FedEx Cup and join golf's upper crust, but it never really happened. Could this victory springboard Haas to the next level?
Bamberger: He's an excellent golfer. His drive, from what I have seen, is not off the charts. I think he'll continue like this for many years to come.
Ritter: He had 10 million reasons to let off the gas last year. I still don't see him as a future elite player, but he's a nice guy and I'd be happy to be proven wrong.
Passov: He's an excellent player, from great stock, but doesn't seem to have the firepower to rise to the elite. Solid throughout, just not enough weapons.
Godich: It is time for Haas to take his game to the next level. The guy has won at East Lake, Riviera and now Congressional. That's a pretty strong resume. That he hasn't won more is head-scratching.
Wei: He's incredibly talented, but I think what's held him back a bit is his mental game. He has been in contention quite a bit going into the final round and then has wilted (then again, yes, he's won 5 times, but he is in right there after 36 and 54-holes a lot). It seems like he gets overly frustrated/mad if he makes a small mistake, like a bogey, and then it kind of cannonballs from there.
Van Sickle: I can't remember the last time a win served as a springboard to the next level for anyone. Maybe David Duval. Bill Haas is a very good player. When he starts doing this two or three times a year, and in majors, he'll be at the next level. Not yet.
4. Haas beat out a group of challengers who were seeking a first career PGA Tour victory, including Roberto Castro, Jason Kokrak, Charlie Wi and Jordan Spieth. Who's the best player in golf today without a PGA Tour title?
Passov: Charlie Wi has contended a bunch without breaking through. Right now though, I'll go with Graham DeLaet, and his crazy amazing stats.
Bamberger: Well, for pure talent, Spieth. He looks like he has everything, including maturity. No one will be surprised when he gets his first. But I will be more excited when Charlie gets his first. If he does.
Ritter: Felt like Brendon de Jonge might be a candidate for this one ...then I checked his record and saw that he has 21 career top-10s without a win. Yikes! I'd say he's due.
Van Sickle: I'll say Inbee Park. She hasn't won on the PGA Tour. How's that for weaseling out from under a question? Hah.
Godich: I'm going to go young and say Matteo Manassero. And since Matteo doesn't play the Tour full time, my other nomination is Jordan Spieth. It is only a matter of time before he wins. He is playing with a ton of confidence.
Wei: I'd say Spieth, but he is young and he has time, but Charlie Wi has been out there forever and thrown away 54-hole leads and succumbed to pressure whenever he's in the hunt. Brendon de Jonge and Brandt Jobe are two other names that come to mind.