Bill Haas won the Northern Trust Open on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012.
Haas won a dramatic playoff with Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. I love playoff finishes, especially when it involves some of the top golfers on the PGA Tour. Not only that, but Sergio Garcia made a late charge to finish tied for forth.
Bill Haas shook off a shaky 72 first round to put together a great tournament. He was consistent over the final three rounds, scoring a pair of 68s and finishing with a 69. Most important, Bill won the playoff with a 45-foot putt. The victory should move Haas up in the World Rankings. He came into the event ranked 22d in the world. Bill moved up in the FedEx Cup points standing. He jumped from 22nd to fourth in those rankings.
Phil Mickelson was trying for back-to-back wins on the PGA Tour. Phil came up short in a playoff. In my opinion, Phil is the best golfer on the Tour right now. He opened the event with a 66 and then played steady for the rest of the tournament. He scored a pair of 70s and finished with a 71. Even with the second-place finish, Mickelson should move up in the World Rankings from his 11th ranking coming into the event. He moved up to third in the FedEx point rankings from his previous fifth-place ranking.
Keegan Bradley shot a pair of 71s in the tournament. He also scored a 66 in the third round and was able to land a spot in the playoff. Bradley came up short in the playoff but still finished tied for second. He moved up to eighth on the FedEx point list after his strong finish. He will likely move up in the World Rankings as well. Keegan entered the event ranked 26th in the world.
A second-round 76 put a damper on Sergio Garcia's chances to win the Northern Trust Open. However, in the final round he shot a 64 and added quite a bit of excitement to the event. Garcia ended up finishing tied for fourth place. Sergio is playing great golf right now. Earlier this month, Garcia finished tied for fourth in the Qatar Masters.
The PGA Tour stops in Mexico this week. The Mayakoba Golf Classic will have a $3.7 million purse and 250 FedEx points up fro grabs. However, a lot of PGA Tour golfers will be playing in the Accenture Match Play Championship, which will be happening this week as well.
I am a recreational golfer who has played golf in five states. I have been following the PGA Tour my whole life growing up near Sawgrass the home of the TPC.
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