Captain's pick looming: Haas ready for vacay with dad


NORTON, Mass. – Bill Haas is scheduled to take his wife and two children on a vacation to Primland in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia next week with his parents.

Haas says he’s going to enjoy the family time whether his father, Jay, makes him one of his two captain’s picks for the American Presidents Cup team or not.

“Whether or not I’m picked, we’re all going to have a good time,” Bill said after closing the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 1-over-par 72 for a top-60 finish. He sits 11th on the U.S. Presidents Cup points list and needed a top-five finish at TPC Boston to crack the top 10 in points and automatically qualify for the team in this last qualifying event.

If Haas is going to make the team now, he needs his father, Jay, to make him one the two captain’s picks announced on Tuesday. Bill knows the pick is potentially complicated because his father is the captain. While there are folks who think that gives Bill an unfair advantage, Bill sees the fairness question working two ways.

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“If it’s viewed as a penalty to be his son, then that’s not fair,” Bill said.

Bill says as humbly as he can that he believes he deserves a pick and wants to be on the team. Working to Bill’s advantage is that he is the highest American point earner who didn’t make the team, and he has experience on two Presidents Cup teams.

Though they are farther down the points list, Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka have gotten a lot of attention as potential captain’s picks. Mickelson, 45, may not be in top form, but he has so much experience having played on 20 American Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams. Koepka, 25, missed the cut at TPC Boston, his second missed cut in a row after a strong summer run. Mickelson is 29th on the U.S. points list and Koepka is 19th.