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Greer's Bill Haas wins playoff and $1.1 million payday

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Monday, February 20, 2012

Greer’s Bill Haas rolled in a 45-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to win the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.

It’s Haas’ fourth career victory on the PGA Tour and it earned him $1,188,000 Sunday. He attended Riverside High School and is the son of Jay Haas.

Haas shot a final-round 2-under-69 to earn the playoff with Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, last year’s PGA champion. Mickelson earned the playoff by sinking a 25-foot birdie putt on the final regulation hole. All three finished with 7-under-par 277.

On the second playoff Haas was in the thick rough behind the 10th green and played his second shot away from the flag. Mickelson’s shot went over the green into the bunker and Bradley’s 15-foot putt to extend the playoff just missed.

"A part of me was saying, 'I've done this once, let's do it again,'" Haas said to media. "Another part of me was saying, 'Don't screw this up.'"

Haas’ four career wins are second most by players in their 20s. Dustin Johnson has 5 wins.

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