Jordan Spieth
With a performance for the ages at The Open Championship that resulted in his 11th career PGA TOUR title, Jordan Spieth cemented his position on the 2017 U.S. Presidents Cup Team. Posting three birdies and an eagle over his final five holes, the 23-year-old Dallas native outlasted runner-up Matt Kuchar to earn 1,200 points to remain in second place in the U.S. Team standings behind Dustin Johnson.
The top-10 players for both the U.S. and International Teams through the Dell Technologies Championship, the second event in the FedExCup Playoffs, will earn automatic berths on their respective teams while two additional captain’s picks will be announced for each side two days later on September 6th. The 12th Presidents Cup will be played at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, September 26-October 1.
On the International Team side, players with significant performances at Royal Birkdale included Haotong Li of China and Branden Grace of South Africa. Li, finishing three hours prior to the last group of the day, posted a final-round 63 to finish solo third, the best-ever PGA TOUR performance for a native of China. He moved from 26th to 13th in the International Team standings as he vies to make history as the first-ever player from China to participate in the Presidents Cup. Grace, who had a flawless 5-0-0 record at the 2015 Presidents Cup, became the first player in history to record a 62 in a major championship in Saturday’s third round. He finished tied for sixth and moved from eighth to seventh in the International Team standings.
For the United States, Kuchar, a three-time Presidents Cup Team member, (2011, 2013, 2015), jumped from 12th to eighth with his second-place finish at Royal Birkdale. U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka followed up his triumphant performance at Erin Hills Golf Club with a tie for sixth at The Open Championship, moving from seventh to fifth in the U.S. Team standings. He’s one of five potential Presidents Cup “rookies” in the top 10 for the U.S. Team: Justin Thomas (3rd), Daniel Berger (4th), Koepka (5th), Kevin Kisner (7th) and Brian Harman (10th).
Dustin Johnson of the United States and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan remain the leaders in the standings for their respective teams.
U.S. Team Standings:
1. Dustin Johnson         8,873
2. Jordan Spieth             8,127
3. Justin Thomas           6,037
4. Daniel Berger            5,069
5. Brooks Koepka          4,760
6. Rickie Fowler           4,717
7. Kevin Kisner             4,706
8. Matt Kuchar              4,036
9. Patrick Reed             3,818
10. Brian Harman          3,817
International Team Standings:
1. Hideki Matsuyama     7.76
2. Jason Day                  6.58
3. Adam Scott               4.63
4. Charl Schwartzel        3.80
5. Louis Oosthuizen      3.61
6. Marc Leishman          3.47
7. Branden Grace           3.37
8. Si Woo Kim              3.16
9. Emiliano Grillo          2.62
10. Hideto Tanihara      2.56