The two young bucks, many who call the future of American Golf meet in this match as #7 seed 2011 Bill Haas goes up against #10 seed 2010 Rickie Fowler. And these two young bucks didn’t disappoint as it comes down to the 18th and final hole. Rickie Fowler had 4 birdies and an eagle on the par 5 513 yard 6th hole. That eagle gave Fowler a 3 UP lead very early in the match. But Bill Haas lost that 6th hole with a birdie, one of 6 that he would card on the day. He then strung together 3 more consecutive birdies on 7, 8, and 9 to reduce Fowler’s advantage to 1 UP at the turn.
Haas SQUARED the match with a par on 11 as Fowler struggled with a bogey. But Rickie came right back with 2 birdies on 13 and 14 to build up a 2 UP advantage with only 4 holes to play. Haas wouldn’t be denied as he won the 15th hole with birdie and then EVENED the match on the 17th hole with par as Fowler dubbed 2 bunker shots as he doubled bogeyed the hole. So it comes down to the signature 18th hole. Haas hit his drive in the fairway bunker while Rickie roped his 314 yards “dead-center” in the fairway. Haas hit a layup 3 iron giving him a 92 yard approach shot to the back pin. Rickie hit a 3 iron pushing it slightly right as it cleared the front bunker but was lying just short of the green in the rough.
Bill Haas tucked his wedge shot 5 feet below the pin giving him a great chance at birdie. The undoing of Rickie Fowler on this day was unfortunately his short game & it played havoc again on the 18th. He chipped up but it gripped the green leaving him with a 14 foot putt for birdie. Fowler misses and Haas makes so … #7 seed 2011 Bill Haas defeats #10 seed 2010 Rickie Fowler 1 UP in one of the most exciting matches of the tourney so far as both these guys played like true veterans.