By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Zach Johnson’s fifth-place finish at the Wyndham Championship gave him a slight cushion in the Presidents Cup standings as he prepares to sit out this week’s The Barclays to attend his brother’s wedding.
Johnson moved up one spot to ninth in the U.S. team standings. The top 10 after the Deutsche Bank Championship ends Sept. 2 qualify for the team; U.S. captain Fred Couples will announce two captain’s picks two days later. The Presidents Cup will be held Oct. 3-6 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.
Johnson is the best man at the wedding of his brother, Gabe, this weekend; the former Masters champion is expected to be in the field for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. Johnson has finished in the top 10 in his past five starts, dating to a playoff loss to Jordan Spieth at the John Deere Classic. He also has top-10s at The Open Championship (T-6), World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational (T-4) and PGA Championship (T-8) and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational during that span. Johnson represented the United States in the 2007 and 2009 Presidents Cups.
Webb Simpson improved from 12th to 10th in the U.S. standings after his 11th-place finish at the Wyndham. A final-round 63 moved him up 20 spots on the leaderboard. Simpson made his Presidents Cup debut in 2011.
Steve Stricker dropped from ninth to 11th in the Presidents Cup standings this week; he was the only player to fall out of the top 10. Stricker, the 2007 The Barclays champ, is not in this week’s field, but is scheduled to play next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. He is playing a limited schedule this year to spend more time at home.
Dustin Johnson is 12th in the U.S. standings, followed by Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson and Billy Horschel.
Tiger Woods continues to lead the U.S. team standings, followed by Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, Zach Johnson and Simpson.
There was no movement in the International Team standings last week. Adam Scott leads the standings, followed by Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Richard Sterne, Angel Cabrera and Tim Clark. There are six South Africans in the top 10. The International team’s 10 automatic qualifiers also will be set Sept. 2, followed by Nick Price’s captain’s selections Sept. 4.
Thongchai Jaidee, Marc Leishman and George Coetzee are Nos. 11-13 in the standings.