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Ogilvy Completes Automatic Presidents Cup Squads

Aussie holds off compatriot to make the final 10

Posted Sep 21, 2011 by Chris White

Geoff Ogilvy claimed the final automatic place in the International team

The automatic places in the International team for this year’s Presidents Cup were finalised at the BMW Championship, with Geoff Ogilvy claiming the last of the ten places in Greg Norman’s team.

By finishing in third place, behind England’s Justin Rose – who won the event – and John Senden, Ogilvy was able to take the final automatic spot, although Senden would have taken that honour if he had pipped Rose to the title.

It’s rather fitting that the final place was decided upon between two Australians, with this year’s competition, the ninth edition, taking place in Melbourne. Two other Aussies will join Ogilvy in the team, with Jason Day and Adam Scott having already confirmed their places.

Having just missed out on the International team, Senden could still take his place alongside his Australian compatriots if he is one of Norman’s two picks. With three Australians, the team also features three South Africans in Charl Schwartzel, Retief Goosen and Ernie Els, while KJ Choi will represent South Korea along with Kim Kyung-tae and Yang Yong-Eun, and Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa completes the squad.

The American team was also finalised, with David Toms taking the final position in their line-up thanks to his tenth-placed finish, and he will take his place in a team featuring Tiger Woods, who was confirmed in August as one of the two captain’s picks by Fred Couples, despite failing to win a tournament since November 2009.

The squad consists of Matt Kuchar, world number four Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, the ever-improving Webb Simpson, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, and Toms, plus Woods and a yet-to-be-named pick.

The tournament starts on 17th November at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club and is a tournament that runs similarly to the Ryder Cup with foursomes, fourballs and singles matches.

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