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Scott moves into President's Cup contention

Adam Scott’s win at the Scandinavian Masters has moved him into contention for a place in the International Team for the upcoming Presidents Cup.

The Queenslander’s fourth win on the European Tour has lifted him to 34th on the Official World Rankings and from 15th to ninth in the International Team standings with only two weeks remaining before the teams are decided.

If Scott retains his position, he would join fellow Australians Robert Allenby, Stephen Leaney and Peter Lonard on the International Team.

The top ten automatic qualifiers for each team, based on the Official World Rankings at the conclusion of the US PGA Championship on August 17, will be joined by two Captain’s Picks in the respective teams for the biennial tournament to be played in South Africa from November 18 to 23.

Based on the current rankings, South African Ernie Els, Fijian Vijay Singh and Canadian Mike Weir are the top three internationals, ranked second, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Zimbabwean Nick Price (10th), Retief Goosen of South Africa (12th), Allenby (16th), Leaney (22nd) and Lonard (31st) are also currently ranked ahead of Scott, with Angel Cabrera (38th) and Eduardo Romero (40th) of Argentina, Korean K.J. Choi (39th), Australian Stuart Appleby (41st) and New Zealander Michael Campbell (44th) hot on his heels in the battle for the final two automatic places.

International captain Gary Player will add his two choices the day after the conclusion of the PGA Championship, on Monday August 18, as will United States team captain Jack Nicklaus.

Naturally world number one Tiger Woods tops the American standings while US Open champion Jim Furyk is up to number three on the world rankings following his Buick Open victory.

Davis Love (sixth), David Toms (seventh), Kenny Perry (eighth), Phil Mickelson (11th), Justin Leonard (13th), Chris DiMarco (14th), Rich Beem (19th) and Bob Estes (20th) would complete the ten automatic qualifiers if the team had been decided after last week’s events.

However Jerry Kelly (21st), Fred Funk and Scott Hoch (equal 24th), Charles Howell (26th), Jay Haas (27th) and Scott Verplank (28th) are also right in contention, with their results at the US PGA likely to be decisive.


 

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