The winning formula for Bill Haas at the Humana Challenge was simple: impressive ball striking, especially on approach shots, combined with a consistently strong putting performance. The Titleist tour staffer, who held a share of the 54-hole lead in La Quinta, Calif., finished a shot ahead of a group of five players for his sixth PGA Tour victory.
Annually one of the best ball strikers on tour, Haas has finished worse than 21st in season-ending GIR percentage only once since 2010. Last week he finished T3 in that category, hitting 56 of 72 greens in regulation (77.8 percent). Haas hit several clutch iron shots late Sunday, ultimately clinching the title with an 8-iron to 20 feet on the par-5 18th hole after his tee shot came to rest in an awkward spot, requiring a safe pitch back into the fairway.
The 32-year-old relied on his Titleist 714 AP2 irons en route to victory at the Humana Challenge. Here’s a look at the set, which became available to the public early last year.
Haas’ putter, a Scotty Cameron 303 GSS, also played an integral role in his victory. He finished fourth in strokes gained/putting and made three putts longer than 10 feet Sunday, including a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th that gave him the lead for good.
Titleist had a big week at the Humana Challenge, accounting for 65 percent of the balls in play. Among the six players who finished T2 or better, four used Titleist golf balls and five used Scotty Cameron putters. Also, new Titleist staffer Justin Thomas, 21, recorded his third top-10 finish of the season with a T7.