NORTON, Mass. – Bill Haas is battling hard to the end to make his father’s U.S. Presidents Cup team with this final week of qualifying remaining a roller coaster of challenges.
With an opening triple bogey in Saturday’s second round, Haas put himself two shots outside the cutline at the Deutsche Bank Championship but scratched, clawed and climbed his way back inside to give himself two more rounds to try to make some magic and make the team.
Haas scrambled back from that triple bogey to shoot 71 and move a shot inside the cutline.
“I was pretty much grinding from the get-go, to stay here for the weekend,” Haas said. “That’s never a fun feeling. I was seeing 12 under leading the tournament, and I was 5 over. You feel like you’re not even in the tournament. I fought back. It was an up-and-down, not-so-good day, but it feels good to make the cut with all that’s going on.”
Haas sits at No. 11 on the American Presidents Cup points list. He needs a top five finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship to have a chance to crack the top 10 in points and earn an automatic qualifying spot. If he doesn’t, it’s up to his father, Jay, to decide whether to choose Bill as one of his two captain’s picks or leave him off the team.
How is Bill approaching this final push?
“I have to tell myself if I play better, have a good weekend, it can only help my cause,” Haas said. “My goal this weekend is to pass people, move up the best I can. The position I’m in now doesn’t do me any good. I’d have to hope for a pick.”
If Haas doesn’t make a big move and automatically qualify, he doesn’t believe this weekend looms as a decisive showing for whether he deserves a captain’s pick.
“I’ve been getting points for two years,” He said. “I know for a fact, this week is not going to make or break anything. Though, obviously, with a really good weekend, I could earn my way on the team.”