INCHEON, South Korea – The hardest part for any captain, be it at a Presidents or Ryder cup, is a toss-up between making players sit out matches and selecting your captain’s picks.
For U.S. captain Jay Haas, the former is even more difficult this week thanks in part to latter.
Haas selected his son, Bill, as one of his captain’s picks, but on Wednesday revealed that he would sit Bill, along with Chris Kirk, on Day 1 at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.
“I thought it was going to be easier, but when I told him I got emotional,” said Jay Haas, who added that his decision was made even more difficult after watching Bill birdie four of his first five holes during practice on Wednesday.
Sitting players is even more of an issue this year after officials reduced the total number of points from 34 to 30. It’s a reality that Davis Love III, who will take his second turn as U.S. Ryder Cup captain next year, has become far too familiar with.
“When we’re looking at our pairings right now we’re thinking, we have to sit two of these guys tomorrow,” said Love, one of Haas’ assistants this week. “That’s the hardest thing. I’ve had to sit some guys out as captain that you would never think you would. It’s tough.”