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Teams starting to take shape with event just 100 days out
JERSEY CITY, New Jersey – Brooks Koepka made three consecutive birdies on the back nine in a final-round 67 to win the U.S. Open by four shots this past weekend. The win, the 27-year-old American’s second on the PGA TOUR, earned him 600 FedExCup points and moved him to fifth in the Presidents Cup U.S Team standings. Both the U.S. and International Teams are starting to take shape as the Presidents Cup is just 100 days from its debut at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, September 26-October 1.
Koepka, who joined the PGA TOUR in 2014, will be making his Presidents Cup debut this October if he’s able to maintain his status in the top 10 in standings. He’s currently one of six potential “rookies” in the top 10 (No. 2 Justin Thomas; No. 4 Kevin Kisner; No. 7 Daniel Berger; No. 8 Kevin Chappell; No. 9 Brian Harman).
Koepka entered the final round one-shot off the lead held by Brian Harman, but tamed a windy day to tie Rory McIlroy’s U.S. Open record of 16-under par. In both of Koepka’s wins – his first coming at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open – he came from behind to capture victory, from one back yesterday and from three behind in 2015. Koepka is the third player in the last 30 years to shoot 67 or better in the final round and win the U.S. Open (Hale Irwin/1990, Tiger Woods/2000).
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama played lights out on Sunday to improve his position in the Presidents Cup International Team standings, recording a 6-under 66 to finish in a tie for second with Harman, who also moved into the top 10 for the U.S. Team (No. 9). Matsuyama’s finish moved him past Jason Day to first in the International Team roster. The teams will be finalized via the top 10 in the standings as of September 4, with two additional captain’s picks announced for each side on September 6.
U.S. Team Standings*:
1. Dustin Johnson 8,860 2. Justin Thomas 6,037 3. Jordan Spieth 5,927 4. Kevin Kisner 4,672 5. Brooks Koepka 4,571 6. Rickie Fowler 4,308 7. Daniel Berger 4,224 8. Kevin Chappell 3,812 9. Brian Harman 3,637 10. Jason Dufner 3,543
International Team Standings*
1. Hideki Matsuyama 8.10 2. Jason Day 7.48 3. Adam Scott 4.95 4. Charl Schwartzel 3.95 5. Louis Oosthuizen 3.71 6. Si Woo Kim 3.42 7. Branden Grace 3.33 8. Mark Leishman 3.16 9. Emiliano Grillo 2.93 10. Hideto Tanihara 2.63
*Through U.S. Open
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