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Haas, Mickelson Picks Make Perfect Sense

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Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round at the Deutsche Bank TPC of Boston. Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The funny thing about Jay Haas’ two captain’s picks for his U.S. Presidents Cup team is adding his son Bill to his roster was the easy part.

For all the worries about nepotism or favoritism, Bill Haas – No. 11 in a points system that determines the first 10 members of the team – was the right and logical choice. Had Haas not been the captain’s son, he would likely have been considered an automatic choice for a variety of reasons, including the fact that the No. 11 man in points almost always gets added to whichever team is slated to play that fall.


Then there’s the Phil Mickelson selection.

People love Phil but many of them didn’t love the pick.

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