Last chance to qualify for Presidents CupTiger Woods celebrated the United States' victory in the 2011 Presidents Cup at Australia's Royal Melbourne.August 29, 2013
This week's Deutsche Bank Championship – which ends Monday, Sept. 2 – is the last event for players to qualify for the Presidents Cup. The top 10 players on the International and United States standings after the Deutsche Bank will qualify for their respective teams. The captains, Fred Couples (USA) and Nick Price (International), will each select two players Sept. 4. The Presidents Cup will be played Oct. 1-6 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
The top of the U.S. Team standings includes the four players who have won multiple PGA TOUR events in 2013: Tiger Woods (No. 1), Brandt Snedeker (2), Phil Mickelson (3) and Matt Kuchar (4). Keegan Bradley (5), PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner (6), Bill Haas (7) and Hunter Mahan (8) are next in the rankings. Webb Simpson and Zach Johnson round out the top 10.
Every dollar earned in 2013 counts as double points in the U.S. Team standings; players have been accruing points since the 2011 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. With an $8 million purse at the Deutsche Bank Championship and $1.44 million awarded to the winner, players as far down the rankings as No. 19 Nick Watney still have a mathematical chance at playing their way onto the team.
Here is a quick look at what players likely need to do at the Deutsche Bank Championship to pass Johnson, although his play would obviously affect the standings as well.
U.S. Team standings Rank Player Points Behind No. 10
Approximate finish needed 8 Hunter Mahan 9,712,188 9 Webb Simpson 9,137,636 10 Zach Johnson 9,078,762 11 Steve Stricker 8,703,084 375,678 Two-way T11 or better 12 Dustin Johnson 8,681,908 396,854 11th 13 Jim Furyk 8,579,663 499,099 Two-way T7 or better 14 Bubba Watson 8,136,908 941,854 3rd 15 Billy Horschel* 6,956,635 2,122,127 1st 16 Kevin Streelman* 6,836,697 2,242,065 1st 17 Rickie Fowler* 6,634,176 2,444,586 1st 18 D.A. Points* 6,557,015 2,521,747 1st 19 Nick Watney 6,455,102 2,623,660 1st
The International Team top 10 is based on the Official World Golf Ranking. The current top five consists of two Aussies in Adam Scott (No. 1) and Jason Day (4) and three South African players in Ernie Els (2), Charl Schwartzel (3) and Louis Oosthuizen (5). Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and South Africans Branden Grace and Richard Sterne make up the Nos. 6, No. 7 and No. 8 spots, respectively. Argentina’s Angel Cabrera is ninth in the standings. Canadian Graham DeLeat moved from 14th to 10th in the standings with his T2 finish at The Barclays, bumping Tim Clark from the final automatic position. Using a projected Official World Golf Ranking for next week, here is a quick look at what players likely need to do at the Deutsche Bank Championship in order to pass DeLeat and take over the No. 10 position in the final standings – although DeLeat’s play would obviously affect the standings as well.
International Team standings Rank Name Points Potential finish needed to move to No. 10 9 Angel Cabrera 2.51 10 Graham DeLaet* 2.48 11 Tim Clark 2.30 11th 12 Thongchai Jaidee* 2.23 2nd at Wales Open 13 Marc Leishman* 2.12 4th 14 George Coetzee* 1.94 Not playing 15 Brendon de Jonge* 1.88 2nd 20 Geoff Ogilvy 1.71 Not playing 21 John Senden* 1.70 Not playing 22 Bae Sang-moon* 1.65 1st 23 K.J. Choi 1.56 1st 24 Brendan Jones* 1.55 Not playing 25 Matt Jones* 1.54 1st 30 David Hearn* 1.32 1st 32 Rory Sabbatini 1.26 1st 34 Greg Chalmers* 1.20 1st
*-would be first-time Presidents Cup participant.