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Jay Haas not moving to the Champions Tour yet

Although Jay Haas figured he would probably make his Champions Tour debut at the Legends of Golf this week, the tournament will have to go on without him.

Haas, who is 50 going on 25, had another top-10 finish at the MCI Heritage and has crept up to 11th in the Ryder Cup standings. For now, his focus remains on the PGA Tour.

``My major goal this year is to continue to play well enough to have a chance to do that,'' he said of making the Ryder Cup team for the first time since 1995.

Haas would be the oldest player to qualify for the Ryder Cup if he keeps this up. Raymond Floyd was 51 in the '93 matches, although he was a captain's pick.

As for the Champions Tour?

``I'm almost afraid to go there (and) feel like I won't come back,'' he said. ``I still want to do this. It's so much fun for me. This has probably been one of the more gratifying stretches of my career.''

Haas finished third at the Bob Hope Classic, sixth at The Players Championship and tied for seventh last week at Harbour Town. He also tied for 17th at the Masters, narrowly missing an automatic return to Augusta National.

The only thing he hasn't done is win. In fact, his last victory was in 1993. That's why Haas refuses to say he has never played better.

``I'm playing very consistently,'' said Haas, who has made the cut in all nine events he has played. ``But I've played consistently in the '80s and '90s in certain times in my career. So I can't say this is the best.''

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