Bill Haas played alongside Phil Mickelson in what seemed like a one-sided affair outside the ropes, where chants of ''Phil'' chased after them in the cool air of the Pacific Ocean.
This was a year ago at Torrey Pines.
Among those in the gallery that day was Billy Harmon, the swing coach for Haas. The more famous Harmon is his older brother, Butch, though the family often jokes that's only because Butch has better clients.
There was no friendly wager among them, though Billy Harmon said his brother told him, ''I have more horses in the race.''
Along with Mickelson, Dustin Johnson was in the hunt that day and Nick Watney put together a late rally. Ultimately, Bubba Watson won the tournament.
A year later, Haas is starting to show he belongs in the stable of top American golfers.
Up the California coast, on a Riviera course that played the toughest of any PGA Tour event this year, Haas steadied himself after consecutive bogeys on the back nine with a 3-wood into the par-5 17th th...