• Aussies to dominate Presidents Cup side

    Cameron Smith
    Running hot

    Cameron Smith started the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational on the fringes of automatic qualification, but is now likely to be one of four Australians automatically booked into the Internationals team for the 2019 Presidents Cup.

    Smith finished T12 in Memphis to move from No 8 to 6 as Melbourne’s Royal Melbourne Golf Club prepares to host the team event from 9-15 December.

    The Australian, who was also inside the top 25 at The Open, is ranked 75th in the FedExCup but in good form as he looks to dip five places lower in order to qualify for the BMW Championship.

    ‘I feel like my game is coming back to where it needs to be,’ Smith said. ‘I feel really confident with my putter and typically when I feel good with my putter, the rest of my game just kind of comes around.’

    Captain Ernie Els will be buoyed by the fanatical home support with Marc Leishman (1), Adam Scott (4), Smith (6) and Jason Day (7) ready to take their place in his 12-man lineup.

    The Big Easy, though, has just one countryman, Louis Oosthuizen, signed up for familiarity with Justin Harding hovering in 11th place.

    Branden Grace is ranked 89th in the FedExCup and 23rd on the Presidents Cup list, one above Dylan Frittelli (on track to make the second playoff event) with Erik van Rooyen in 21st place.

    Internationals team stalwart Charl Schwartzel has been ruled out through injury.

    The final regular season event – the Wyndham Championship – will see Abraham Ancer (No 10), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (No 18), Corey Conners (No 17), Adam Hadwin (No 15) and Sungjae Im (No 13) in action as they prepare for a late dash at the top eight.

    The top 15 players in the International and US Presidents Cup Team Standings as of 29 July, 2019 are listed below:

    INTERNATIONAL

    Rank   Last Week      Player                      Country                   Points
    1.         1                      Marc Leishman               Australia                       188.22
    2.         2                      Louis Oosthuizen          South Africa                  163.58
    3.         3                      Hideki Matsuyama         Japan                            155.16
    4.         4                      Adam Scott                     Australia                       151.62
    5.         5                      Haotong Li                       China                           128.63
    6.         8                      Cameron Smith              Australia                       122.97
    7.         7                      Jason Day                       Australia                       119.06
    8.         6                      C.T. Pan                         Chinese Taipei              118.90
    9.         9                      Jazz Janewattananond    Thailand                       111.54
    10.       10                    Abraham Ancer             Mexico                         111.45
    11.       11                    Justin Harding               South Africa                  107.15
    12.       12                    Shugo Imahira               Japan                            100.47
    13.       13                    Sungjae Im                    Korea                           94.60
    14.        14                    Sung Kang                    Korea                           94.05
    15.       15                    Adam Hadwin               Canada                         85.43
    UNITED STATES
    Rank   Last Week      Player                                Points
    1.         1                      Brooks Koepka                         8,179
    2.         2                      Dustin Johnson                         6,555
    3.         3                      Justin Thomas                           5,726
    4.         4                      Xander Schauffele                     5,656
    5.         5                      Matt Kuchar                             5,506
    6.         6                      Bryson DeChambeau                5,246
    7.         7                      Patrick Cantlay                          5,146
    8.         8                      Gary Woodland                        4,898
    9.         9                      Tony Finau                               4,820
    10.        11                    Webb Simpson                         4,749
    11.       10                    Rickie Fowler                           4,547
    12.        12                    Tiger Woods                            3,868
    13.       13                    Chez Reavie                             3,745
    14.       14                    Phil Mickelson                          3,548
    15.       15                    Charles Howell III                     3,424
    International Team eligibility criteria
    The top eight (8) international players (excluding those eligible for the European Ryder Cup team) from the Presidents Cup International Team Points List which shall be Official World Golf Ranking points accumulated in the time period from 27 August, 2018 (Dell Technologies Championship) through 18 August, 2019 (BMW Championship).
    Four Captain’s selections will be made at a to-be-determined later date.
    *Click here for the full Presidents Cup standings

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