Oct. 27, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – By virtue of finishing in the top 25 on the 2011 Nationwide Tour money list, former OU golfer Hunter Haas will be awarded a 2011 PGA Tour card this Sunday at the conclusion of the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship in Charleston, S.C.
Haas, who is currently fifth on the money list, recorded first-place victories this season at the Albertsons Boise Open and the Price Cutter Charity Championship. He also notched three other top-five finishes and boasts $370,047 in total earnings this season.
“I’ve never won two tournaments in a year,” said Haas this week. “It’s pretty big. A lot of guys don’t even win one tournament out here. Hard work and the time you put in practice pays off. It’s rewarding.”
Haas graduated from OU in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. As a Sooner, he earned All-America honors in 1998 and 1999, and won the individual title at the 1998 Big 12 Championship.
After graduating, Haas earned his PGA Tour card and played one season before moving to the Nationwide Tour from 2002-04. Haas played again on the PGA Tour in 2005, but fell back to the Nationwide Tour once again in 2006.
Through his 22 events this season, Haas ranks 12th on the Nationwide Tour with a 69.45 scoring average. He also averages 4.16 birdies per round (ranks 13th) and 1.74 putts per hole (ranks ninth).
“I had a good stretch where I drove the ball well, putted well and, above all, had a positive attitude,” said Haas of his season. “I had my mind set on going out and winning every week.”
Haas said that playing well and winning events has helped his confidence, which has led to even greater success.
“Confidence is paired with results. It’s why you practice so much; you actually see what you’re doing. You hit shots close and you’re hitting shots at the flag, and you build confidence off of that. You make birdie putts and that builds confidence. Guys hitting bad shots and not making any putts probably are going to have a hard time walking around with a confident feeling.”
Haas will play this weekend in the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island in Charleston, S.C. (Oct. 28-31). He will be accompanied by the tour’s top 60 players, most of whom are fighting to secure a spot among the top-25 money winners. Haas has already clinched a top-25 finish.
“We are excited as a program for Hunter and for all of the Sooners on Tour,” said OU head men’s golf coach Ryan Hybl. “Hunter’s hard work has paid off this year and we are looking forward to seeing him on the PGA Tour next year.”
Haas will join fellow Sooners Glen Day, Martin Flores, Todd Hamilton, Anthony Kim and Grant Waite on the PGA Tour.