Not only did The Deutsche Bank Championship shake up FedEx Cup standings before the field was pared down to 70 players who will advance on to the BMW Championship, it provided the final stop where players could accumulate Presidents Cup points. With his second place finish at TPC Boston on Monday, Steve Stricker was able to play his way into the competition which begins on October 3 at Muirfield Village.
To add to the drama, when Zach Johnson made the long birdie putt on the 18th hole, playing alongside Webb Simpson, both players knew the putt would decide who was in and who was out for the Presidents Cup. The putt gave Johnson the 10th position, and Simpson the 11th. Now it’s up to Team USA Captain Fred Couples if Webb Simpson will be in Dublin Ohio. Couples will make his selections today.
If you think being the Team Captain for the Presidents Cup would be fun, consider this. The best player in your selection pool is 20 years old, and hasn’t been in the PGA long enough to accumulate enough points to get an automatic bid, and you might have to pass over some more seasoned veterans to make this pick. Not so much fun is it?
The Presidents Cup in reality, is a training ground for the Ryder Cup. It’s important that Fred Couples picks players that can gain International competition experience and be ready when Ryder Cup Captain, Tom Watson takes his team to Gleneagles next year. For that reason, Jordan Spieth has to get the nod today. Three birdies, and an eagle to close out the Deutsche Bank isn’t a bad reason either.
Not only does Fred Couples have some tough decisions today, Team International Captain, Nick Price has some difficult decisions as well. Price was at TPC Boston this week, and got a chance to see his prospects at work. The guys who played well last week and I felt earned a hard look were Australian, Marc Leishman, Brendon DeJong from Zimbabwe(Mark Price’s home). The other International player who has been tough all year but hasn’t gotten a win is Tongchai Jaidee from Thailand.
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