The Presidents Cup is the biennial team competition between the US and an International team made up of international golfers not eligible for the Ryder Cup. The 2019 Presidents Cup is due to be hosted by the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in December. Despite the competition being 4 months away, this weekend represents the last chance for golfers to automatically qualify. The top 8 American and international golfers in the Presidents Cup standings at the end of the week will qualify automatically for the competition.
Currently, the top 8 Americans are Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay. Those who could move into the American team are Gary Woodland, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler and Northern Trust winner Patrick Reed. Only Koepka, Johnson and Thomas are mathematically safe at this point, though realistically only Simpson, DeChambeau or Cantlay could be caught with a slip up this week at the BMW Championship.
The top 8 international golfers are Marc Leishman, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Abraham Ancer, Haotong Li, Cameron Smith and C.T. Pan. The top-5 are essentially assured a spot on the team, with Ancer becoming the first Mexican golfer to compete in a Presidents Cup. Golfers who still have a chance include Jason Day, competing in the BMW Championship this week, Jazz Janewattananond, competing on the Asian Tour’s Sarawak Championship, and Justin Harding, competing at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.