NORTON, Mass. – “Palmer and Haas would be a great team,” Ryan Palmer smiled broadly as he waited for Bill Haas to clear the interview area on Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
What could have been an awkward moment for the two potential Ryder Cup captain’s picks drew a chorus of laughter, but the subtext remained unchanged as golf inches closer to the moment captain Tom Watson will make his selections on Tuesday in New York City.
“He wants it as bad as I do. We've always wanted it that bad,” Palmer said of the looming announcement. “You could probably put all our names in the hat and draw them and it would work out that way, who knows. I know if I take care of this business, if he picks me, great.”
Palmer has given Watson something to think about through two rounds at TPC Boston, following his opening 63 with an eventful 71 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Jason Day at 8 under.
After opening with a birdie, Palmer’s title - and Ryder Cup - chances seemed to diminish when he played his next two holes in 3 over par but he turned in 1 over and managed to play his final nine holes in 1 under.
Both Palmer and Haas (T-5) – who finished 18th and 28th, respectively, on the final Ryder Cup points list – were considered long-shot picks coming into this week, but are currently in the top 5 at the Deutsche Bank Championship along with potential pick Webb Simpson (T-5).