Woodland joins top 8 with major breakthrough at U.S. Open

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Gary Woodland is the newest member of the coveted top 8 in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings after he held off two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka to win the U.S. Open by three strokes at Pebble Beach Golf Links for his fourth career PGA TOUR victory and first major title.

The win vaulted Woodland from No. 12 to No. 7 in the standings as he looks to represent the United States in the Presidents Cup for the first time in his 11-year career on the PGA TOUR.

The Presidents Cup will return to Melbourne, Australia and The Royal Melbourne Golf Club for the third time, December 9-15, 2019, when the International Team, led by Captain Ernie Els, will take on the U.S. Team led by Captain Tiger Woods.

Prior to the win, Woodland was already in contention for a Presidents Cup bid after recording two runner-up results and five other top-10 finishes in 17 starts during the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season. The victory was Woodland’s first since the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

“I’ve worked hard my whole life. I’ve been surrounded by amazing people and I always just wanted to be successful,” Woodland said. “I didn’t know what it was, what I was going to do. I fell in love with golf, and it’s transcended to today.”

Woodland is one of four players in the current top 8 (Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau) who are hopeful to make their Presidents Cup debuts in 2019. The top 8 on both teams through Aug. 18 (following the BMW Championship) will officially qualify for the Presidents Cup.

Elsewhere on the U.S. Team standings, Brooks Koepka claimed the No. 1 spot after falling just short of winning a historic third consecutive U.S. Open. Koepka traded places in the standings with good friend and former Presidents Cup partner Dustin Johnson, who finished T35 at Pebble Beach to drop to second in the standings.

Meanwhile, 25-year-old Schauffele is one step closer to booking his first trip to a Presidents Cup after a T3 finish moved him from No. 5 to No. 3 in the standings. The 2017 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year has quietly delivered an impressive season highlighted by two quality wins at the WGC-HSBC Champions and Sentry Tournament of Champions as well as a T2 at the Masters. In three career U.S. Open starts, Schauffele has finished T5-T6-T3.

U.S. Captain Woods carded a 2-under 69 on Sunday for his lowest round of the week to finish T21 but fell one spot in the standings to No. 12.

On the International Team, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen each moved up one spot in the standings after both Presidents Cup veterans shared T7 results at the U.S. Open. Scott now sits at No. 3 in the standings after he continued a successful stretch of three top-10 finishes in a row, while Oosthuizen recorded his fourth top-10 of the season to move to No. 2 in the standings.

The top of the International Team standings is still controlled by Marc Leishman, who has held the No. 1 spot since December 2018. Leishman’s opening-round 69 proved to be his lowest of the week en route to a T35 result.  

Australia is still well represented among the top 8 in the International Team standings with Cameron Smith (No. 7) and Jason Day (No. 8) firmly in the hunt for an automatic qualifier spot. Day finished a respectable T21 at the U.S. Open after announcing Steve Williams as his new caddie to begin the week. Williams is known for his time spent caddying for both Woods and Scott.

The top 15 players in the International and U.S. Presidents Cup Team Standings as of June 17, 2019 are listed below. Click here for the full Presidents Cup standings.

NTERNATIONAL

Rank    Last Week        Player                          Country                       Points
1.         1                      Marc Leishman             Australia                       156.27

  1. 3                      Louis Oosthuizen          South Africa                  150.13
  2.         4                      Adam Scott                   Australia                      149.17
  3. 2                      Hideki Matsuyama        Japan                          142.00
  4.         5                      Haotong Li                   China                          120.39
  5. 6                      C.T Pan                        Chinese Taipei             114.94
  6. 7                      Cameron Smith            Australia                      108.58
  7. 8                      Jason Day                     Australia                      108.49
  8. 9                      Justin Harding              South Africa                  102.04
  9.        10                     Abraham Ancer             Mexico                         100.49
  10. 11                     Sung Kang                    Korea                          94.05
  11. 13                     Jazz Janewattananond    Thailand                       92.94
    1. 2                      Brooks Koepka                         6,790
    2. 1                      Dustin Johnson                        6,445
    3. 5                      Xander Schauffele                     5,574
    4. 4                      Matt Kuchar                         5,454
    5. 3                      Justin Thomas                         5,438
    6. 6                      Patrick Cantlay                        4,900
    7. 12                     Gary Woodland                       4,884
    8. 7                      Bryson DeChambeau                4,585
    9. 9                      Rickie Fowler                         4,334
    10.        11                     Tony Finau                          4,282   
    11. 10                     Webb Simpson                        4,058
    12.        11                     Tiger Woods                          3,868
    13. 13                     Phil Mickelson                      3,535
    14. 15                     Kevin Kisner                         3,150
    15. 14                     Charles Howell III                    3,148 
    16. 12                     Shugo Imahira              Japan                          91.35
      1.        14                     Sungjae Im                   Korea                          84.28
      2. 15                     Emiliano Grillo             Argentina                     83.76


      UNITED STATES

      Rank    Last Week        Player                                      Points

      1. 2                      Brooks Koepka                         6,790
      2. 1                      Dustin Johnson                        6,445
      3. 5                      Xander Schauffele                     5,574
      4. 4                      Matt Kuchar                         5,454
      5. 3                      Justin Thomas                         5,438
      6. 6                      Patrick Cantlay                        4,900
      7. 12                     Gary Woodland                       4,884
      8. 7                      Bryson DeChambeau                4,585
      9. 9                      Rickie Fowler                         4,334
      10.        11                     Tony Finau                          4,282   
      11. 10                     Webb Simpson                        4,058
      12.        11                     Tiger Woods                          3,868
      13. 13                     Phil Mickelson                      3,535
      14. 15                     Kevin Kisner                         3,150
      15. 14                     Charles Howell III                    3,148   

       

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