PGA TOUR Champions President Miller Brady and PGA TOUR Champions player Jay Haas will deliver an overview of the upcoming Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, which will debut July 11-14, 2019, at Firestone Country Club. In addition to commenting on the storied history of the Tour’s premier major championship, they will also touch on a range of topics including the strong momentum of PGA TOUR Champions, World Golf Hall of Fame members and golf legends currently playing on Tour and the approaching star power of the upcoming rookie classes.
Jay Haas was born in St. Louis, Missouri in December of 1953 to a family that would grow to have an extensive golf history. The now 65-year-old PGA TOUR Champions veteran was introduced to golf by his uncle, 1968 Masters Tournament winner Bob Goalby. His brother Jerry is the golf coach at Wake Forest University and his brother-in-law Dillard Pruitt played the PGA TOUR and is now a Rules Official. His son Jay Jr. played college golf at Augusta State and is currently Haas Sr.’s caddy on PGA TOUR Champions. Finally, his second son, Bill, plays on the PGA TOUR with six victories to his name in addition to the 2011 FedEx Cup. The sport came inherently to Haas early on, winning his first trophy at National Pee Wee Championship in Orlando at the age of 7. After playing college golf at Wake Forest University, an experience which was highlighted by the teams 1975 NCAA Championship, he went on to turn professional in 1976. Throughout his career Haas has collected numerous accolades including nine PGA TOUR victories, 18 PGA TOUR Champions victories, two Charles Schwab Cups, 2004 Payne Stewart Award recipient, 2005 Jim Murray Award from the Golf Writers Association of America, 2005 Bob Jones Award, and was the 2015 Presidents Cup U.S. Team Captain. He also ranks No. 2 in Charles Schwab Cup All-Time Earnings, behind 5-time Schwab Cup champion, Bernhard Langer. Haas resides in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife Jan. When not traveling, Jay and Jan enjoy spending time with their five children and ten grandchildren who all live nearby in Greenville.
Miller Brady, a 19-year veteran of the PGA TOUR, was named President of PGA TOUR Champions on January 1, 2019. Brady stepped into the role after most recently working under Greg McLaughlin as Senior Vice President & Chief of Operations, where his responsibilities included direct oversight of tournament business affairs, operations, competitions and player relations as well as scheduling. In previous roles at the TOUR, Brady gained valuable experience within the Corporate Marketing department and as Special Assistant to the Commissioner (Tim Finchem) during the development of the FedExCup. Brady began working in the sports industry in 1996 with Advantage International (now Octagon), overseeing BMW’s grassroots golf program and eventually Bank of America’s PGA TOUR Sponsorship of the West Coast Swing. He is from Atlanta and is a graduate of Georgia Southern University.