Monday's final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship not only determined the final 70 players moving on in the 2013 FedExCup, but it also finalized the automatic qualifiers for the USA roster and International team for next month's Presidents Cup. There was not much movement on the American side, but both Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson needed the final round on Labor Day to lock up their spots.
Johnson snuck past Webb Simpson to claim the 10th and final spot on the last hole at TPC Boston. Simpson bogeyed two of his last four holes, while Johnson picked up two red numbers on his last three holes coming into the house to earn the final automatic spot by a single shot. The two were grouped together, and after the round, Johnson tweeted that his Monday playing partner still deserved a spot, which can be granted to him by team captain Fred Couples later this week:
Couples will round out the team with two captain's picks to finalize the roster at 12. Simpson is a prime candidate to receive the call, but there are also some huge names outside the top 10, including Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, and Jim Furyk.
But the one name with all the momentum for a captain's choice is 20-year-old Jordan Spieth. The American phenom continued his amazing debut season on Monday with a final round 62 in Boston to finish tied for fourth. Spieth started the year without a PGA Tour card, and now he has a guaranteed spot in the most exclusive field of the year -- the final 30 at the FedExCup's Tour Championship. After becoming the first teenager in 80-plus years to win on the PGA Tour, Spieth followed up his July victory at the John Deere with contention at The Open and a playoff second-place finish at the Wyndham Championship. He's now got two top 20 finishes to start the FedExCup, where he's 10th in the standings. Even though he's way back in 22nd in the Presidents Cup standings, Spieth, who didn't have as many chances to earn points in that race, seems to be the trendy pick for Muirfield Village. Will Couples oblige?
Here are the final standings for the American side. Points are calculated by money earned over the past two seasons -- one point for every dollar last year, and two points for every dollar this year:
The International side is represented by some of the usual suspects from South Africa and Australia. But Canadian Graham DeLaet joined Stricker and Johnson in using Monday's last round to secure his spot on the team. Unlike the Ryder Cup, the Americans have dominated the Presidents Cup, winning seven of the nine cups in the event's history (one being a controversial tie). International captain Nick Price will also make his two captain's selections on Wednesday. Here's the team that will go for that first ever International win, along with the first 10 out:
|3||Charl Schwartzel||South Africa|
|4||Ernie Els||South Africa|
|5||Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa|
|7||Branden Grace||South Africa|
|9||Richard Sterne||South Africa|
|13||Tim Clark||South Africa|
|14||Brendon de Jonge||Zimbabwe|
|15||George Coetzee||South Africa|