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Wachovia a family outing for Haas family

In 30 years on the PGA Tour, Jay Haas never had a thrill quite like this, even though it was only a Tuesday practice round at the Wachovia Championship.

He walked the fairways of Quail Hollow with both sons at his side.

Bill Haas is a 23-year-old rookie on the PGA Tour who earned his card at Q-school last year and received a sponsor's exemption. Jay Haas Jr., 25, made it a threesome when he earned a spot in the 156-man field through Monday qualifying.

"They both exceeded my expectations as golfers," the 52-year-old father said. "I just wanted them to enjoy the game, to be halfway decent where they could go out and have fun. It's fun to see them do this. I won't say it was a dream come true because I couldn't have dreamt of doing this. This is great."

The last time a father played with two sons on the PGA Tour was at the 1994 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, when Jack Nicklaus was in the field with Jackie and Gary.

The Haas family won't play together Thursday because tee times are based on status.

Jay Jr. left college early to turn pro, didn't work hard enough and got limited results, then took a job as product manager of a tool company owned by his father's friend. That made him appreciate golf, and he decided to give it another shot.

He shot 68 at Monday qualifying to get into a three-man playoff for two spots. After hitting into the trees on the first extra hole, Haas went over the green into a bunker, then saved par with a 10-foot putt. The other players both missed 15-foot birdie putts. On the second hole, one of the other players made bogey and Haas was in.

Haas, coming off consecutive victories on the Champions Tour, and his wife were running errands Monday when Dillard Pruitt -- a PGA Tour rules official and the brother of Haas' wife -- called with the news.

"Just goose bumps," Haas said of having both sons in the tournament.

Bill Haas has played several PGA Tour events with his father, nearly earning his card on exemptions after graduating from Wake Forest two years ago. He tied for 15th last week in New Orleans, closing with a 66.

For Jay Haas Jr., this will be a first.

"It's always been a dream of mine to play with my dad and my brother on the PGA Tour, or any professional event," he said.

The boys were born 14 months apart and grew up playing basketball and golf. They were competitive, and it often got heated, but usually not when their father was around.

"I always wanted to be better that him, and he always wanted to be better than me, so that probably made us try harder," Bill said.

This won't be the first time there were three players from the Haas family at Quail Hollow.

Jerry Haas, the golf coach at Wake Forest and Jay Haas' brother, qualified last year through the PGA club pro section. He failed to make it back this year. There's also a Hunter Haas now on the Nationwide Tour, no relation.

"We could have had a whole row of lockers," Jay Haas said.



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