Why making a PGA Tour Cup was so meaningful for this big senior winner

Bill and Jay Haas made PGA Tour history at the 2022 Zurich Classic.

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There are few families as impressive as the Haas clan when it comes to PGA Tour prowess.

Haas patriarch Jay is a nine-time PGA Tour winner and has 18 Champions Tour victories, including three seniors.

Jay’s sons, Jay Jr. and Bill, have both played professionally, with Bill currently playing in his 17th season on the PGA Tour. Bill has six career wins on the Tour and was the 2011 FedEx Cup Champion.

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This year, Bill is playing on a career-high 50 earner exemption and will need to make the FedEx Cup playoffs to secure his card for another season. He’s currently No. 172 in the FedEx Cup standings, and while he needs every dollar in winnings possible to propel him up the list, he’s chosen a surprising partner for the Zurich Classic, the annual team event. of the PGA Tour: his 68-year-old father. , Jay.

Incredibly, in one of the most enjoyable stories of the week, Bill and Jay made the cut, making Jay the oldest player in history to achieve such a feat.

In this week’s episode of Out of the race with Claude HarmonJay explained how much this cut meant to him.

“I didn’t think I would be doing another PGA Tour event,” Jay began. “Six or seven weeks ago Bill asked me if I wanted to play. I tried to talk him out of it. I said, you need a better partner than me, don’t waste a week with me But I’m so glad I did. As any parent can attest, there’s nothing quite like watching your kids do something good, that they love to do.

“Just to be part of this, to be part of the event, to be part of the team with Bill, we’re not often partners,” Jay continued. “It was a week I will never forget. Making the cut was the icing on the cake.

Jay was faced with a nervous four-footer on the pair’s final hole to secure their weekend tee times.

“I just said to myself, hit hard, make sure you keep your head steady,” Jay said. “My hands were shaking. I saw a video of it. Fortunately, it was from my back, so I couldn’t see my hands shaking. But somehow the hole stretched out and caught it, and it was a pretty cool thing for us to make it to the weekend.

For more on Jay, including what he loves about the swing of world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, and what today’s generation of players has that his doesn’t, check out the interview. complete below.

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As a four-year member of Columbia’s premier class of female varsity golfers, Jessica can top everyone at the masthead. She can also outdo them in the office, where she’s primarily responsible for producing print and online features, and overseeing large special projects, such as GOLF’s first style issue, which debuted in February 2018. His original interview series, “A Round With,” debuted in November 2015 and appeared both in the magazine and as a video on GOLF.com.