With a 1-under-par 70 Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Haas sat tied for 65th leaving the scoring area. He needs to finish fifth or better to make the U.S. team. Barring a miracle finish Monday, that’s not likely to happen.
The top 10 in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings automatically qualify for the team at the conclusion of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Haas is 11th. He knows how awkward that spot is with his father, Jay, announcing two captain’s picks on Tuesday, but he also knows how much he wants to play for his father.
So there Bill was Sunday, being asked the question he hoped to avoid: Does he think he deserves to be a captain’s pick?
“No matter who the captain is, I would tell you that I deserve a pick,” Haas said. “I want to be on the team.”
Haas acknowledged how uncomfortable answering that question is.
“I don’t know what the right thing to say is, but I want to be on the team, and I’d love to be picked,” Haas said.
Any fairness issue goes both ways.
“I’m not going to say, `Don’t pick me dad, just because you’re [my dad],’” Bill said. “That’s not fair. I don’t think it’s fair to me. I think he needs to pick the guy he thinks has played well. I’ve had some good weeks of late, and I’ve had some not so good weeks.”
Haas has had a good year. He won the Humana Challenge. He had strong finishes in events with strong fields, a T-4 at The Players Championship, a T-7 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. In his last five starts, he has a T-4 at the Quicken Loans and a T-6 at the Wyndham Championship. Haas also has Presidents Cup experience, making the team on points in 2013 and making it as a captain’s pick in 2011.
With the father-son dynamic, Bill acknowledges he has felt extra pressure.
“Absolutely, I need to be honest with myself,” Bill said. “I had a different feeling because of everything, because my dad’s a captain, because I want to be picked, all of that stuff is in my head. That’s been the most difficult thing. You still have to go hit good golf shots. It’s so easy to say, and so different to do that. I’m still learning. I’m by no means a rookie but still learning to put things together under those situations. If anything else, this week’s been a learning experience.”
Bill says the only direction his father has given him is to tell him to go play his best.