Thongchai stays in Presidents Cup frame

Thu 23 Jul 2015

Thongchai stays in Presidents Cup frame

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Songdo IBD, Incheon City, Korea: Asian Tour star Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, who finished tied 65th at The Open on Monday, has remained in the top-10 of the International Team standings to qualify for the Presidents Cup against the United States in October.
The three-time Order of Merit champion is currently ranked seventh in the list with the top-10 as of September 7 earning automatic entry into Nick Price’s team. The captain will then make two wild card selections to complete his line-up.
Current Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Anirban Lahiri of India, who came in equal 30th at St Andrews for his best Major performance of his burgeoning career, slipped from 10th place to 11th position in the latest rankings.
Australian Marc Leishman, who lost in a three-way play at The Open, broke into the top-10. Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, the Asian Tour number one in 2013, is ranked 18th on the list.
Zach Johnson’s play-off win for his second career major championship at The Open moved the 12-time PGA TOUR champion from eighth to fourth in U.S. team standings. The victory all but guarantees the St. Simons Island, Ga., resident will make his fourth career appearance at the prestigious international event when it makes its first stop in history in Asia at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, Songdo IBD, Incheon City, from October 6-11.
“To be a part of any team and to represent our country, is a complete honour,” said Johnson. “I am overly thrilled that I get to represent our nation’s flag on my sleeve again, play for my country and be a part of a team that are my peers and friends, and who all have a passion and love of the game of golf. When we’re led by someone like (captain) Jay Haas, it makes it all the more special. I’m excited to get to Korea and share in that moment.”
Jordan Spieth, who won the first two majors of the season, nearly completed the third leg of the grand slam as he tried to win all four of golf’s major championships in the same year. Spieth’s birdie attempt at the 18th hole just missed, and the 21 year-old finished one stroke outside of the play-off.
Spieth was selected as a captain’s pick by Fred Couples in 2013, making it the first appearance for Spieth in The Presidents Cup and also making him the youngest player to ever play for the U.S. Team in the event’s history.  He has been leading the U.S. Team standings for the 2015 event since his win at the Masters in April.
U.S. TEAM STANDINGS
Rank      Player
1                Jordan Spieth
2                Jimmy Walker*
3                Bubba Watson
4                Zach Johnson
5                Dustin Johnson
6               Patrick Reed*
7                Jim Furyk
8               Chris Kirk*
9               Matt Kuchar
10             Rickie Fowler*
INTERNATIONAL TEAM STANDINGS
Rank      Player
1                Jason Day
2                Adam Scott
3                Louis Oosthuizen
4                Hideki Matsuyama
5                Branden Grace
6               Marc Leishman
7                Thongchai Jaidee*
8               Charl Schwartzel
9               John Senden*
10             Byeong-Hun An*
* denotes first time in the Presidents Cup.
The U.S. Presidents Cup Team is comprised of the top U.S. players who earn the most FedExCup points from September 13, 2013, through September 7, 2015, with points earned in 2015 doubled, plus captain’s selections. The International Team consists of the top international players (non-U.S. and non-European) from the Official World Golf Ranking as of September 7, 2015, plus captain’s selections.
Tickets to The Presidents Cup 2015 are now on sale at 2015 presidentscup.com. Weekly and daily grounds tickets are being sold as well as weekly Captains’ Club VIP tickets. Tickets are limited to this once-in-a-lifetime event and prices will increase September 1 as the event approaches. Those who purchase early will save and be guaranteed a place in Korean sports history.