Bill Haas Wins TOUR Championship & FedEx Cup
Bill Haas defeated Hunter Mahan in a playoff to win the TOUR Championship and take home the FedEx Cup title. The combination of Haas's win and Webb Simpson finishing outside the top 20 allowed Haas to take the title by just 15 points.
(Bill Haas hoists the FedEx Cup & Tour Championship trophies. Photo: USA Today)
With the win on Sunday Haas earned a total of $11.4 million this weekend, $1,440,000 for the TOUR Championship and $10 million for the FedEx Cup. The win is the third career victory for Haas, he won the Bob Hope and Viking Classic in 2010. Prior to the TOUR Championship, Haas had finished runner up in two tournaments in 2011, losing both in a playoff.
FedEx Cup Falters In Final Event
The TOUR Championship victory by Haas was impressive but in order to win the FedEx Cup he needed serious help. Coming into the final FedEx Cup event, Haas was ranked 25th out of the final 30 players, an unlikely candidate to win considering the names ahead of him. In order for Haas to win the FedEx Cup, the following had to happen:
The top ranked player, Webb Simpson needed to finished in 19th or worse. Dustin Johnson, who was in second place, had to finish 6th or worse. Luke Donald, the top ranked golfer in the world was third in the FedEx Cup standings, he needed to finish tied for 3rd or worse along with fellow Englishman, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar.
In one of the unlikeliest scenarios imaginable, it all came together for Haas. Simpson finished in 22nd place, Johnson in 23rd. Justin Rose finished tied for 20th with Matt Kuchar and Snedeker was 16th. Luke Donald, who many expected to pull it out, finished in a tie for 3rd, missing the FedEx Cup title by 193 points.