Haas: I need to win to make Ryder Cup team


NORTON, Mass. – While his name may not be at the top of Tom Watson's list of potential Ryder Cup picks, Bill Haas is doing just enough to remain in the conversation.

A runner-up two weeks ago at the Wyndham Championship, Haas is again in contention at the Deutsche Bank Championship after rounds of 69 and 67.

He believes that simply contending, though, won’t be enough to earn one of Tom Watson’s three captain’s picks for Gleneagles.

“I have no other option, other than the top two, probably, to be considered,” Haas said. “A finish in the top 10 would be great for the week and for the tournament, but it probably doesn’t do anything for me for the Ryder Cup.”

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Haas has been a model of consistency this season, with 14 top-25 finishes in 25 starts. Having made it safely past the final cut of the season this week at TPC Boston, he ensured that a withdrawal from the RBC Heritage in April will be the only time he sat out the weekend in 2013-14.

While made cuts and top 25s help to pay the bills, Haas’ focus remains on trying to win an event for the fifth straight year, with a trip to Scotland potentially looming as an added bonus.

“I’m definitely not putting that much pressure on myself. One week is certainly not going to make me make the team, and I’m certainly not going to make the team unless I win, probably,” he said. “If the Ryder Cup happens, it happens. It would be a huge bonus to a pretty solid year.”