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Jay Haas will not be giving any favors to son Bill for the Presidents Cup.

Jay Haas will not be giving any favors to son Bill for the Presidents Cup.

Jay Haas will not be giving any favors to son Bill for the Presidents Cup.

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There comes a time in everybody’s life when you have to choose job over family. 

Sometimes it’s a transfer to a better company or position within your company, but in this case, picking your son over other players who are all just as good as your son is a tough one!  Jay Haas might have to come to that decision when it comes time to pick the players on the Presidents Cup.  Jim McCabe of  has his take on this interesting dilemma.

Jay Haas will not be giving any favors to son Bill for the Presidents Cup.

Bill Haas will have to earn his way onto the Presidents Cup Team, says dad.

It is a conversation that hasn’t taken place, but that’s because Jay Haas and his son Bill are cut from the same cloth. They’re old-school, and each truly believes that there isn’t a situation in competitive golf that can’t be cured if you “play better.”

They don’t have to have the conversation because both know the bottom line. “Hopefully we won’t be in that predicament because I think he knows he needs to be in the top 10,” Jay Haas said.

The reference point is Jay Haas’ role later this year as U.S. Presidents Cup captain, a job that will become exponentially more difficult should Bill Haas not be one of the top-10 automatic picks. To be sitting, say, 11th to 15th, would thrust “a lot of pressure on both of us, probably more so on him,” Jay Haas said.

When Bill Haas split from the pack to win the recent Humana Challenge, he did so by showing great composure down the stretch.

Having made a move to seventh in the Presidents Cup standings, Bill Haas has made strides in making his father’s job easier. No player wants to leave himself in position to be a captain’s pick, and Jay Haas is right: such a situation would make it tough on both of them come September.

No one knows that better than Bill Haas, who last September seemed to be ready to be one of Tom Watson’s captain’s picks for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. It would have been a reward for a consistently effective season (in 28 starts, 27 cuts and missed only when he withdrew from the RBC Heritage with a wrist injury.) That included five top 10s. If you are to believe reports, Watson switched his mind at the last minute and made the decision for Webb Simpson.

It’s ancient history so far as the Haases are concerned, with neither offering a complaint. That’s their old-school mentality shining through.

“I think Bill’s dissapontment was obvious,” Jay Haas said. “But he knows that if he had played a little bit better, he would have made the team. That’s why it’s one of his goals going forward.”

Twice Jay Haas had served as a vice-captain for Presidents Cup teams that featured his son – in 2011 when Bill was one of Fred Couples’ captain’s picks, and in 2013 when he made the team on his own.

“I’d be over the moon to have him on the team this year,” Jay Haas said, but they have designs on it being the old-school way, with a top-10 finish.

If not, Jay Haas knows his son likely will warrant consideration, that “he wouldn’t be like a pick out of left field,” but that’s a predicament that will be dealt with another day.

In the meantime, Jay Haas is also doing his due diligence with other possible Presidents Cuppers – namely youngsters such as Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka. En route from Hawaii to his home in South Carolina, Jay Haas last week stopped in Phoenix to introduce himself to the youngsters.

“These are guys I don’t know very well,” the captain said. “I just wanted the chance to get to meet them.”

Thomas was thrilled at the chance, “because (the Presidents Cup team) is a big goal of mine.”

Given a quizzical look, because, after all, Thomas is just a rookie.  His smile confirmed that yes, he came into this season hoping to make the team. “I felt like if I had a good year, anything’s possible.”

Sitting 75th in the standings, Thomas isn’t quite in the picture. Should he continue his recent play (T-4, T-23, T-6, T-7, T-17 in his past five starts), he’ll likely have more audiences with captain Haas.

Source:  GolfWeek   Jim McCabe

Pictures: Keith Allison

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