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Aussies vie for spot in 2017 Presidents Cup team

Jun 6, 2017

The Presidents Cup is fast approaching and in 2017 it will be held at Liberty National GC, New Jersey, USA -  Sept 26 to Oct 1. As we countdown to the biannual event, player’s weekly results on Tour affect their position in the team of 12. As we near the tournament, we’ll keep an eye on our Aussie player prospects.

There was little movement last week among the Australian players vying for spots on the 2017 Presidents Cup International team. Jason Day and Adam Scott remained Nos. 1 and 3 in the standings, with Marc Leishman checking in at No. 8. The top-10 players from the Official World Golf Ranking as of September 4 will make Captain Nick Price’s team. Scott Hend, at No. 18, is the next-highest Australian in the standings. Hend will defend his 2016 Queen’s Cup title this week in Thailand on the Asian Tour.

The 2017 Presidents Cup will be held September 28-October 1 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. The U.S. defeated the International team by one point at the 2015 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

In history, 18 different Australians have played on International teams since The Presidents Cup’s inception in 1994. In 2015, Steven Bowditch, Day, Leishman and Scott represented Australia at the biennial event. Peter Thomson (four times), Greg Norman (twice) and David Graham (once) have all captained the International team.

Australian Standings (through June 4)

 

Pos.

Player

Last Week

1

Jason Day

After opening with a 3-over 75 at the PGA TOUR’s Memorial, had three under-par rounds to T15 with three others in his adopted U.S. home.

Last Week Rank: No change

3

Adam Scott

Fired a disappointing, final-round 74 at the Memorial to T31 with three others.

Last Week Rank: No change

8

Marc Leishman

Joined Day at T15 with four rounds of par or better at the Memorial.

Last Week Rank: No change

22

Scott Hend

Finished T47 at the European Tour’s Nordea Masters.

Last Week Rank: Down 4

37

Aaron Baddeley

Missed the cut at the Memorial.

Last Week Rank: Down 2

40

Cameron Smith

Made the cut at the Memorial but struggled on the weekend (73-77) to T65.

Last Week Rank: Down 3

39

Brad Kennedy

Had four par-or-better rounds at the Japan Golf Tour’s JGT Championship to T5.

Last Week Rank: Down 1

43

Sam Brazel

Finished T57 at the European Tour’s Nordea Masters.

Last Week Rank: Down 1

47

Brett Rumford

Missed the cut at the Nordea Masters.

Last Week Rank: No change

50

Rod Pampling

Final-round 70 at the Memorial led to a T57.

Last Week Rank: Down 2