Justin Thomas
JERSEY CITY, New Jersey – With clutch play down the stretch including an unlikely birdie on par-3 17th hole, 24-year-old Justin Thomas captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, to lock up his first-ever U.S. Presidents Cup Team appearance. The birdie on the 71st hole gave Thomas a three-shot cushion and despite a bogey on the final hole, he carded a 3-under-par 68 to secure a two-shot win over three players. Thomas earned 1,200 Presidents Cup points with his fourth PGA TOUR win of the 2016-17 Season to remain third in the U.S. Team standings behind No. 1 Dustin Johnson and No. 2 Jordan Spieth.
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 6. The 12th Presidents Cup will be played at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, September 26-October 1.
With a tie for second at the PGA Championship, Patrick Reed of the United States was the lone player on either team to move inside the top 10 in the team standings. Reed jumped from No. 11 to No. 9, with Kevin Chappell falling to No. 11. Joining Thomas and Reed inside the top 10 at the PGA Championship were three others in the top 10 in the U.S. Presidents Cup Team standings: Rickie Fowler (T5); Kevin Kisner (T7); and Matt Kuchar (T9).
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen (T2), Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama (T5) and Australia’s Jason Day (T9) all finished in the top 10 at Quail Hollow to further solidify their positions in the International Team standings. Oosthuizen, currently No. 3 for the International Team, exchanged positions with countryman Charl Schwartzel, while Matsuyama remained No. 1 overall.
Five players currently in the top 10 for the U.S. Team would be considered Presidents Cup rookies: Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman. On the International side, the current top 10 hail from six different countries: Australia (Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Adam Scott); Canada (Adam Hadwin); Japan (Matsuyama), South Africa (Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel); South Korea (Si Woo Kim); and Venezuela (Jhonattan Vegas).
U.S. Team Standings:
No.  Player              Points PGA Finish
1.      Dustin Johnson    9,253    T13
2.      Jordan Spieth       8,312    T28
3.      Justin Thomas      7,295    1
4.      Daniel Berger       5,169    CUT
5.      Rickie Fowler      5,113    T5
6.      Brooks Koepka    4,975    T13
7.      Kevin Kisner        4,958    T7
8.      Matt Kuchar        4,335    T9
9.      Patrick Reed        4,321    T2
10.    Charley Hoffman 4,242    T48
International Team Standings:
No.  Player                         Points PGA Finish
1.      Hideki Matsuyama            9.3       T5
2.      Jason Day                         6.46      T9
3.      Adam Scott                      4.44      T61
4.      Louis Oosthuizen             4.3       T2
5.      Charl Schwartzel              3.63      T48
6.      Marc Leishman                3.47      T13
7.      Branden Grace                 3.21      CUT
8.      Si Woo Kim                    3.07      WD
9.      Jhonattan Vegas                2.59      CUT
10.     Adam Hadwin                  2.56      CUT