Or he could blame George Schneiter, who was chairman of the PGA Tournament Committee in 1947 when he came up with a system to select the Ryder Cup team, awarding points for top 10 finishes.
There have been a few tweaks since then, but nothing substantial. And while the PGA of America occasionally looks at other methods, chief executive Jim Awtrey says, 'We haven't found anything that works better.'
But what might have been equitable 54 years ago now seems outdated on a talent-rich PGA Tour where one stroke can be the difference between fifth place and 11th place, between Ryder Cup points and no points.
Verplank can relate.
He was two shots behind at the Byron Nelson Championship and in dire need of birdies. Verplank took aim at a flag tucked behind the pond on the par-3 17th, went into the water and made double bogey. More than a chance to win, more than an extra $90,000 in the bank, those two shots dropped him from a tie for seventh into a tie for 14th.
Two months later at the Western Open, Verplank made a bogey on the 18th hole that dropped him from a tie for seventh into a tie for 11th, costing him another 20 points toward the Ryder Cup.
The PGA Tour is stronger than ever. Finishing in the top 10 is not as easy as it was a decade ago. In his last three starts, Verplank has tied for 11th at the Western, tied for seventh at the British Open and tied for 11th in Milwaukee.
Three solid performances, two of them for naught.
'Why does it have to be top 10?' Brad Faxon said. 'Is ninth that much better than 11th?'
Try explaining that to Chris DiMarco.
The PGA of America in 2001 looked at what would happen if points were awarded to the top 20. Not much changed, although DiMarco would have been 10th. He finished 13th in the standings and was left off the team.
DiMarco is 18th on the current list, and he stopped counting the number of times he has finished outside the top 10 by one or two strokes over the last three years.
'It doesn't reward guys that are consistent,' DiMarco said.
Charles Howell III posed an interesting scenario. A player could miss the cut in three majors, finish fifth in the other and gain 120 points. Another player could finish 11th in all four majors and get nothing.
'You can't argue with the guys who make the team,' Howell said. 'But it's hard to believe that 11th is not a good finish. The system should somehow be weighted.'
And that's where the system is flawed.
Fred Funk was the butt of jokes for ducking a major championship to try to collect Ryder Cup points against junior varsity competition at the B.C. Open. What irritated his peers was that third place at the B.C. Open was equivalent to seventh place at the British Open.
Funk tied for 40th at the B.C. Open, so it didn't matter. A week later in Milwaukee (another weak field), Funk tied for second and earned 85 points. That's more than what Chris Riley got for a tie for second at Torrey Pines, one of the stronger tournaments on the schedule.
The PGA of America gives double points for the majors, which it should. But it does not distinguish between The Players Championship and the Reno-Tahoe Open, between the World Golf Championship and an opposite-field tournament like Tucson.
'We have not taken a position to rank individual tournaments,' Awtrey said. 'What we do is say that the strongest fields are the majors, and we double those points. Those events we know produce the best players in the world.'
Except that the Masters is watered down with aging champions, the U.S. and British Open has its share of amateurs and qualifiers, and the PGA Championship has 25 club pros.
The PGA of America awarded bonus points to the World Series of Golf in 1977 - in fact, the winner at Firestone that year automatically made the Ryder Cup team. Extra points were given to The Players Championship in 1985. Why that is no longer the case is baffling.
What the PGA of America should consider is the system used for Europe.
Half of the European team is decided by world ranking points - not how high players are ranked, but the raw points they earn at every tournament. The points are not deducted every 13 weeks, not does it matter how often guys play. The number of points is determined by strength of field.
There isn't much difference in points between ninth and 11th, nor should there be.
Using that format, the U.S. standings would have the same seven guys at the top with some minor juggling.
The change comes at the bottom. Funk (No. 8) and Jeff Maggert (No. 10) would drop out of the top 15, while DiMarco would be ninth, followed by Verplank. Jerry Kelly would remain 11th, with MCI champion Stewart Cink rising from 19th to 12th.
It would not be a radical change, but an equitable one given the current climate on the PGA Tour.
'They ought to look at the system,' Faxon said. 'Nobody has ever really questioned it.'
Maybe they should. Because the way the Ryder Cup has gone the last two decades, the Americans need all the help they can get.
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