Bill Haas hits one-handed backwards shot to escape Masters trouble

Rob Carr

When your ball is against a tree, sometimes you need to adapt and just look away.

A recent talking point around the Masters is that Augusta National Golf Club, since its redesign and in the modern era, favors left-handed players. We've seen Phil Mickelson three times, Bubba Watson, and Mike Weir all win since 2003. Well, here's another example of how Augusta is prejudiced against the right-handed players.

Bill Haas, who slept on the lead Thursday night, has tumbled down the board in his attempt to keep pace with Bubba Watson. Hitting shots one-handed, and facing the wrong way, just to get back on the course is not an ideal way to try and right the ship. A lefty could have easily knocked this up the fairway, but Haas had to get creative:

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He successfully executed the shot to get to the fairway, but would go on to make bogey. That was on No. 11 at the start of Amen Corner, and in the middle of a four-hole stretch he played in 5-over.

The Haas shot was pretty cool, but not nearly as successful as a similar attempt we saw from Tom Watson last month on the Champions Tour. Watson's ball was also against a tree, and the two-time Masters champ hit a one-handed backwards chip shot that bounced off the flagstick.

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