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Jay Haas deciding which direction to take

Jay Haas wanted to keep playing on the PGA Tour until he felt like he couldn't compete, and the 51-year-old now has some serious questions he must ask of himself.

He missed the cut in his second major this year at the PGA Championship. He is 125th on the PGA Tour money list, with his only top 10 of the year coming at the Match Play Championship, where he advanced to the third round before he was eliminated by Chris DiMarco.

Haas is assured his PGA Tour card for next year having played on the last Ryder Cup team.

``I think I lost my golf energy,'' Haas said last week. ``You can't come out here and go through the motions. These guys are too good. I guess I'm at a crossroads. Right now, I would say I'll play more on the Champions Tour. But if I start to play a little better at the end of the year ... I still like to do this.''

Haas had reason to lose some energy, and not only because of his age.

Along with some back problems and the distraction of renovating his house, Haas didn't have the same incentives that carried him the last two years. He tried to make the Presidents Cup team in 2003 and the Ryder Cup team last year, and both times came close enough to warrant being a captain's pick.

Plus, he didn't get much of a break last year as he took advantage of good play. He took part in four silly-season events at the end of the year, including the Target World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods.

``You see that all the time, guys playing a lot in the offseason,'' Haas said. ``I had never really done it before, and I had never really been in that position to do it before. I had to take advantage.''

Haas said one thing that probably won't influence his decision is whether his son, Bill, earns his PGA Tour card through the Nationwide Tour.

``We've done the father-son thing a bunch of times,'' he said. ``Not that it's lost its luster, but I need to let him do his thing. He knows how to play.''


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