AUGUSTA, Ga. —
“I needed to switch it up,” Haas said. “My brother has been on the bag a bunch for a few years, and I think I needed a change.”
Jay Haas Jr. has been hired and fired before — just like any other player-caddie relationship — and Bill, his younger brother, is known to be tough to work for at times. Plus, Bill didn’t just go find anyone from the caddie yard.
He is using Scott Gneiser, who was with David Toms when he won the 2001 PGA Championship. Gneiser started this year working for PGA Tour rookie John Peterson until getting fired, about the time Bill put his brother on the bench.
Tough 12: The tricky little Par-3 12th at Augusta National played tougher than it has in years.
The 155-yard hole, which has water and a bunker in front, proved to be the second-hardest on the course in the opening round Thursday. Nicknamed “Golden Bell,” the hole yielded six birdies, 56 pars, 26 bogeys, six doubles and three triples. The only hole tougher was the par-4 No. 11. The last time the 12th played as hard was 2009.
It was the only blemish on defending champion Adam Scott’s scorecard.
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