Days after captaining the U.S. team to a dramatic victory at the Presidents Cup, Jay Haas reflected on what it meant to hoist the trophy in South Korea and have his son, Bill, tally the clinching point.
Haas said the week in Incheon created "lifetime memories," although the script nearly didn't go as planned. He said that he expected to slot Bill anywhere from No. 5 to No. 12 in Sunday's singles lineup, and he ended up placing his son in the anchor match against Korean Sangmoon Bae. With the U.S. beginning the final session with a one-point lead, it seemed for a while that Haas' point might not factor in the ultimate outcome.
"As the day went on early, there were a lot of red numbers on the board," Haas said Wednesday on "Morning Drive." "We had I think at one time nine leads, two losses and one tie early in the day. It looked like it was going to be a pretty comfortable day, and obviously it was not."
The International team rallied to tie the score with only Bill Haas' match remaining. The captain said there was no "ulterior motive" in having the cup decided by his son's match, but when Bae struggled around the 18th green with Bill safely aboard, the emotions of the situation began to sink in.
"I think it hit me right then, that we were going to win and he was going to win his point at the end there," Haas said. "It was going to be a terrific 18th-green scene and everything, and it just kind of came all over me."
Bill has carved a successful PGA Tour career for himself, including six wins and the 2011 FedEx Cup. But his father believes that the confidence boost he received from his clutch performance in South Korea could lead him to greater heights.
"He's certainly proved to himself that he can withstand quite a bit of pressure," he said. "He should take away that he can do this, and he can jump to the next level and then beyond. It's up to him. He's obviously physically very gifted, as a lot of guys are. But it's a mental game when it comes down to it, when you get to those levels to try to get through another hurdle."