August 15 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Zach Johnson, who came to the Wyndham Championship riding the momentum of four straight top-10 finishes, will not be playing in The Barclays next week.
He's got a pretty compelling reason, though. Johnson will be standing up for his brother Gabe as best man at his wedding.
Johnson came to Greensboro ranked No. 23 in the FedExCup standings so he should be good for at least three and probably all the Playoffs events. At 10th in the Presidents Cup, though, he only has this week and the Deutsche Bank Championship to try to maintain his spot in the automatic qualifiers for the U.S. Team.
Once the 10 qualifiers are finalized after the Deutsche Bank Championship, Fred Couples will complete his team with two picks on Sept. 4.
Steve Stricker, who ranks ninth in the Presidents Cup, won't be at The Barclays either. The 46-year-old is No. 19 in the FedExCup.
Stricker, the 2007 Barclays champion, is bypassing the first FedExCup Playoffs event, but will likely play the Deutsche Bank Championship, which he won in 2009, and BMW Championship in Illinois, where he attended college. Stricker also was runner-up the last time The Barclays was held at this year's site, Liberty National.
Stricker has been playing a limited schedule this year to spend more time at home, having already skipped one major, The Open Championship. He is No. 19 in the FedExCup and ninth in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings. The top 10 in the Presidents Cup standings after the Deutsche Bank Championship automatically qualify for the team.