The tenth incarnation of the President’s Cup will take place this year at Muirfield Golf Club from October 1 – October 6. This tournament is a biennial event that is played in non-Ryder Cup years and was developed to give the best non-European players in the world a chance to compete in an international team competition.
Qualifying for the event takes place over almost two years. The top 10 ranked Americans automatically qualify with the last two spots being left to the discretion of the team captain, Fred Couples. The rankings are based on who earned the most official PGA Tour money from the 2011 TOUR Championship through last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship – with the money earned in 2013 counting as double. The automatic qualifiers for the United States team are Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Steve Stricker, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson.
Despite the fact that qualifying lasts almost two years, Johnson needed a 26-foot birdie putt on the final hole at TPC Boston to secure his spot. He started the week 10th, but because Stricker moved from 11th to 7th with his finish at the Deutsche Bank, Johnson was in danger of getting pushed outside of the top 10. Unfortunately for Webb Simpson, he dropped from ninth to 11th under the circumstances.
The international side does is slightly differently. The top 10 international players that are not eligible for the European Ryder Cup team get automatic bids. Their captain – Nick Price – will also be able to fill out the last two spots on his roster with captain’s picks. The 10 that have already assured themselves of a spot on the international team are Adam Scott, Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Graham DeLaet, Richard Sterne and Angel Cabrera.
Those that didn’t qualify automatically will find out if they are on the team after the captain’s picks are released tomorrow.