StatsSeptember 8, 2015

Why Jay Haas can justify picking his own son and the guy 30th on the points list with his captain's picks

Update: Jay Haas picked his son Bill, as well as Phil Mickelson, with his two captain's picks on Tuesday.

Much has been made over whether U.S. Presidents Cup captain Jay Haas should have made his son, Bill, one of his two captain's picks. But if history follows suit, the younger Haas deserved to make the team -- and not only because of nepotism.

Haas finished 11th in the Presidents Cup standings -- which wrapped up with the Deutsche Bank Championship -- just outside the top 10, who automatically qualify for the squad. It's not like he's No. 20 or even No. 12. He's No. 11. He's next up. And that means a lot.

Consider that in 10 previous Presidents Cups, the 11th-ranked player has made the team nine times. Forget the last name and keep that fact in mind. NINETY percent of players in Haas' position have been tapped on the shoulder to play for Team USA.

Haas' pick of Mickelson, at least when assessing Phil's year on its own, was a bit more of a reach. Mickelson hasn't won in two years, and hasn't had a top 10 since June. But he has been part of every U.S. team in the Ryder and Presidents Cup since 1994, always qualifying on points until this year. This Presidents Cup will be Mickelson's 11th, which is more experience than players 11 through 29 on the points list combined.

"If anyone deserves a pick," Jay Haas said, "it's Phil."

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