INCHEON, South Korea – When U.S. captain Jay Haas laid out his Sunday singles plan, he had a general idea where each player would go – early, middle or late – with little or no regard for the potential situations each player might face.
With his position last in the lineup, Haas’ son, Bill, figured the outcome of the Presidents Cup would have already been decided when he completed his match.
“Last night I said something to Zach Johnson about how, ‘Man, I hope you guys go out and take care of business before it comes down to me,’” Bill Haas smiled. “He says, ‘You want that. That's what you want. You want to be in that position and you should go get it.’”
On Sunday, Haas found out what it meant to be in such a high-profile position, with his match against Sangmoon Bae coming down to the last hole with the Cup hanging in the balance.
Haas, who moved to 1 up with a 35-footer for birdie at the 12th hole, found the fairway with his drive at the last and chipped his third shot to 5 1/2 feet. He didn’t have to hit another shot.
From short of the green, Bae hit his third shot heavy and his next 16 feet by the hole. Haas’ conceded birdie putt secured a 2-up victory and clinched the Presidents Cup for the United States.
“I believe I would have been just as nervous no matter who was out there, but I was more emotional I think because it was Bill,” Jay Haas said. “It just so happened that that's how it played out. Fortunately, he was able to hit some great shots down the stretch, like a lot of guys.”