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April 10, 2014

Haas grabs Masters first round lead

Nicklaus, Palmer, Player hit ceremonial first tee shots.

AUGUSTA, Ga. —

With dad in his ear, Bill Haas turned in the best round of his Masters career Thursday.
Now he wants to do what his father never could — finish the job.
Haas birdied the final hole for a 4-under 68 and the opening-round lead, the first time he has broken 70 in five appearances at Augusta National.
His father, Jay, played in the Masters 22 times, with five top-10 finishes topped by a tie for third in 1995. He is staying with his son this week and providing valuable advice on the practice range.
“I never remember thinking, ‘Man, I wish I could hit this shot for my dad,’” Bill Haas said. “But I do know that there’s times I’m like, ‘I wish my dad could hit this shot for me.’”
Jay Haas never won a major despite having plenty of success on the PGA Tour.
Maybe his 31-year-old son can take care of that family oversight.
“I think he deserves a major in his career as good as he played,” Bill Haas said.
Defending champion Adam Scott has his major title and got off to a strong start in his quest to stay dressed in green, even with a stumble in Amen Corner.
Scott shook off a double-bogey at the par-3 12th, a tiny little hole that caused big trouble for a number of players. His tee shot caught the bank in front of the green and hopped back into Rae’s Creek.
“I had just received the most incredible ovation as I came to the 12th tee — and I hit my worst shot of the day,” Scott said. “I think that’s my first-ever trip into Rae’s Creek.”
The Aussie bounced back with a birdie at the 14th, rolled in a testy putt to save par at the 18th, and finished with a 69, one shot off the lead.

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