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April 05, 2010

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Over the Hill

Bay Hill is a good tournament on a tough course but has been a poor predictor of Masters success. Only three times since the tournament began in 1985 has the Bay Hill champ gone on to win at Augusta (Fred Couples in '92; Tiger Woods in '01 and '02). Woods has followed a Bay Hill win with a top six at the Masters five times, but among other players, these are the five best Masters finishes by Bay Hill winners over the last 25 years

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Monty Math

"Speaking with my European hat on, although we don't have the top three in the world, we have the rest," European captain Colin Montgomerie said at Bay Hill.

Not quite, Monty. Before Bay Hill, America's Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson held down the top three spots in the World Ranking, and Jim Furyk was sixth. Ernie Els was ninth, leaving only five of the top 10 for the Euros.

Two of a Kind

Bill Haas (right), 27, finally got his breakthrough victory, at the Bob Hope Classic in January. The win came with a two-year exemption and his first Masters invite. In May, Bill and his father, Champions tour star Jay Haas (left), 56, will become the first father-son combo at the Players Championship. "It's going to be a fun week," Bill says. Since 2002 Bill and Jay have played in the same PGA Tour event 16 times, although the only time they've been paired was at the '06 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]