"I was always taught break off the rearview mirror, good and bad," Haas said. "Everybody starts at even this week. With that said, I certainly have positive thoughts."
Haas has golf history running through his veins as the son of nine-time PGA Tour winner Jay Haas, nephew of Wake Forest Coach Jerry Haas and great nephew of 1968 Masters champion Bob Goalby.
He played for his uncle at Wake, as did Webb Simpson, who is in his group today and Friday. Haas graduated in 2004, a few months before Simpson began his college career.
They'll tee off today at the Greenbrier Classic, marking the first time they were in the same group in the first two rounds of a PGA Tour tournament since the March 24 Arnold Palmer Invitational. Haas finished in tie for eighth and Simpson missed the cut.
"Me and Webb share a love for Wake Forest," Haas said. "I think Jerry has meant a lot to both of our games. It's certainly where I think I developed into a better player and Webb as well.
"I think it's a great dynamic the fact that we can just talk about that and share that on the golf course. The reason we're close friends is because of Wake Forest and because of Jerry."
Simpson, who turned pro in 2008, said that Jerry and Bill played integral roles in his development on tour.
"When I got out on the Tour in 2008, there was nobody nicer in terms of giving me advice, helping me out, whatever I needed.
"Just a great ... , you know, I wish I could call him a teammate, we missed each other by a year, but great alum partnership that I feel like we have."
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