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September 2 2013

2:45 PM

Stricker on verge of Presidents Cup

NORTON, Mass. -- The 10 players who have earned their way onto the U.S. and International teams for the Presidents Cup will be finalized today when the Deutsche Bank Championship is complete.

Steve Stricker, who is currently tied for third at TPC Boston and one stroke off the lead, appears likely to move into the top 10. So the question now appears to be -- who will he knock out?

Zach Johnson is currently the man on the bubble at No. 10. He trails No. 9 Webb Simpson by a mere 58,874 points -- and to make things even more interesting, the two are playing together on Sunday at TPC Boston.

The points for the U.S. Team are based on money earned -- and doubled this year. Stricker needs to make $187,839 more than Johnson to move into the top 10, and the veteran needs $217,276 more than Simpson to knock him down a notch.

So if Stricker maintains his position near the top of the leaderboard, Johnson needs to make $29,437 more than Simpson to catch him at No. 10. Johnson is tied for 37th right now at 8 under while Simpson is one stroke behind.

The International Team is harder to figure out since its based on the Official World Golf Ranking. Graham DeLaet currently  holds down the 10th spot and is tied for seventh, four shots off the lead through seven holes.

So DeLaet is likely to become just the second Canadian to play on the International Team. Mark Leishman and Brendan de Jonge came in ranked Nos. 13 and 15 and have played well this week but DeLaet's performance will probably keep them out of the automatic top 10 in the standings -- barring a come-from-behind win.

De Jonge is currently 14 under and tied for 11th with five holes remaining while Leishman is 12 under through eight. Obviously, both would be among the candidates International Captain Nick Price would consider when he announces his two Picks on Wednesday.

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