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Haas sees room for improvement

Sunday, April 11, 2010

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Bill Haas added another under-par round to his fresh Masters Tournament resume Saturday afternoon.

Haas chips to the third green, where he made his first bogey of the third round. He said finishing in the top 10 today is a possibility. (Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff)

Haas fired 1-under-par 71 to move his three-day total to 3-under, tied for 11th place.

The 27-year-old Masters rookie believes he can go even lower today.

"You can make birdies out here," he said after stepping off the 18th green. "The par-5s are gettable, and I haven't really gotten them this week."

Haas started his day at 2-under and immediately birdied the first hole. He finished the front nine at 4-under and saw his name appear on the leaderboard as he made the turn.

"I was looking right there and I was the highest score, though," Haas said. "I want to be up there in the middle of the pack or towards the top."

He stumbled with a bogey on No. 13 but rebounded with a birdie on No. 15. He bogeyed No. 18 when he couldn't get up and down to save par.

Bill Haas covers his eyes after his putt rolled past the hole and down the hill on the 13th green. He made bogey on the par-5 hole Saturday. (Michael Holahan/Staff)

After signing his scorecard, Haas said he needed to go to the practice tee to work on a few things.

"I just didn't feel as comfortable over the ball," said Haas, who played the four par-5s at 1-under Saturday. "I don't know why, but something was a little off today."

Haas has already fared better in his first Masters than his father did in his. Jay Haas missed the cut in his first appearance but played in 22 Masters, finishing third in 1995.

Bill Haas said he doesn't believe he can get that high on the leaderboard today but that moving into the top 10 isn't out of reach. The top-16 finishers get invited back next year, but Haas isn't thinking about that now.

"I think I just go play my game and keep hitting good tee balls, and from there you can do something decent," he said. "You can make bogeys here real quick if you start thinking too much, so I'm going to try to take it a shot at a time."

He hopes his shots today add up to something in the 60s, maybe something near the 68 that his playing partner, Hunter Mahan, tallied Saturday.

"He played beautifully," Haas said. "He shot 4-under out there and I thought I could do the same. I just need to play the par-5s better."

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