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Jay Haas wants Ryder Cup to change format

American Jay Haas believes the Ryder Cup will benefit from switching to the Presidents Cup format whereby every team member gets to play on each day of the competition.

At the more established Ryder Cup between the United States and Europe, inexperienced players have occasionally been left out of the fourball and foursomes matches, making their only appearances of the week in the last-day singles.

"I totally agree with this (Presidents Cup) way. I think the Ryder Cup needs to look seriously at making a change," Haas told reporters at Fancourt on Wednesday, the last day of official practice for the fifth Presidents Cup between the U.S. and Internationals.

"Sure, each team wants to beat the other team but it's a wonderful honour and to look back 30 years later and say your record was 1-0 or 0-1, that's not a lot of fun for that person.

"I guess (when) it was (at) The Country Club, there were three guys that didn't play until Sunday. I just don't think that's correct, whether the guy is playing well or not playing well."

The 49-year-old Haas was referring to the 1999 Ryder Cup played at Brookline, where European captain Mark James controversially omitted Frenchman Jean Van de Velde, Swede Jarmo Sandelin and Britain's Andrew Coltart from the first two days of play.

Europe lost that year's showdown to the U.S. by 14-1/2 points to 13-1/2.

"We do sit two (players) out on the morning and afternoon on Friday at the Presidents Cup but everybody wants to play without question," added Haas, who played in two Ryder Cups and was a captain's pick for the first Presidents Cup in 1994.

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