Jay Haas was introduced to golf by his uncle, 1968 Masters winner Bob Goalby. A graduate of the legendary Wake Forest golf program, under Jesse Haddock, Haas became a fixture of golfs highest echelon for decades, setting the record for most cuts ever made in PGA Tour history. He won nine times on the PGA Tour and soon approached the mark on the Champions Tour including his first major win, the 2006 Senior PGA Championship.
After a distinguished amateur career that included Walker Cup representation and the NCAA individual championship, Haas earned his PGA Tour card in 1976. the quality and the durability of his game was evident in the fact that he played on the U.S. Ryder Cup teams in 1983, 1995 as a 50-year-old captains pick in 2004. From his home in Greer, South Carolina alongside the golf course at Thornblade, Haas has raised a family including sons Jay, Jr. and Bill, both of whom would play on the PGA Tour. In 2004, Jay and Bill became the first father and son duo to play in the U.S.Open, twice. A brother, Jerry, was long-time golf coach at Wake Forest and brother-in-law, Dillard Pruitt, also played on the PGA Tour and later served as a tour rules official