These are the six automatic qualifiers for Team USA

WILMINGTON, Del. — Half of the 12-man team that will represent the Stars and Stripes at the Presidents Cup in Charlotte in September officially qualified Sunday.

There wasn’t much drama as the top six held serve and remained among the six players who booked their spots on Captain Davis Love III’s Team USA squad that will try to retain the cup at Quail Hollow Club.

Love will announce the six captain’s picks on September 6.

The Presidents Cup is a four-day competition event with 30 total matches, consisting of a 12-man USA team and a 12-man international team.

Let’s take a look at who the six US qualifiers will be.

Scotty Sheffler

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2022 Masters Tournament

2021 champion Hideki Matsuyama applauds as Scottie Scheffler waves to the crowd after being presented with the winner’s Green Jacket at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory credit: Adam Cairns-Augusta Chronicle/USA TODAY Sports

After needing to pick a captain for the Ryder Cup, Scottie Scheffler made sure he didn’t have to break a sweat waiting for a phone call with good news again for the US Presidents Cup team.

Scheffler topped the USA team points standings with 12,670 points. He’s won four times, including the Masters, and heads into next week’s FedEx Cup final at East Lake in second place.

Scheffler, 26, will represent the stars and stripes at the Presidents Cup for the first time. He posted a 2-0-1 record, going 1-0-1 in a pair of For-Ball matches before defeating then-World No. 1 Jon Rahm in singles. Expect him to play at least four matches in this match.

Patrick Candley

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Ryder Cup 2021

Team USA’s Patrick Cantlay reacts to the sixth green during the day’s three singles for the 43rd Ryder Cup golf competition at Whistling Straits. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

Cantlay, the FedEx Cup champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year, finished second in the US Presidents Cup standings with 9,418 points. He won the Zurich Classic in New Orleans with teammate Xander Schauffele and led the Tour with 11 top-10 finishes this season, including two playoff losses – to Scheffler at the WM Phoenix Open and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage .

Cantlay, 30, is making his second appearance on the US Presidents Cup team. He played in the 2019 Presidents Cup and also represented Team USA in the 2021 Ryder Cup.

Sam Burns

Sam Burns poses with the trophy after winning the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson on October 3, 2021 in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Burns will make his first appearance representing Team USA in international competition since his college days at LSU playing in the Arnold Palmer Cup. Burns was one of the players heavily considered for Steve Stricker’s selection as captain of the 2021 US Ryder Cup team, but it was not to be. Burns took care of things this time, finishing third in the standings. The 26-year-old has scored three wins this season – at the Sanderson Farms Championship, the Valspar Championship and the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele gets a hug from his wife after the United States won the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. (Photo by Darren Carroll/PGA of America)

Schauffele, 28, finished fourth in the standings, securing his third straight appearance representing America in international competition.

He has been part of winning sides in the 2019 Presidents Cup and 2021 Ryder Cup. He and Cantlay have proven to be a formidable duo in team competition, and their comfort level playing together was on display again this year as they teamed up to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Schauffele’s big year also included back-to-back titles at the Travelers Championship and the Genesis Scottish Open.

Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas Tiger Woods

Justin Thomas Tiger Woods

Playing Captain Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas of the United States celebrate the victory of Byeong-Hun An of South Korea and the international team and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and the international team 1 up on the 18th green during the Friday’s four-game round on day two of the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Thomas becomes a regular for Team USA in the Presidents Cup. This marks his third consecutive Presidents Cup appearance and he has also played in two Ryder Cups. Thomas, 29, has played in every international competition since the 2017 Presidents Cup.

Thomas won the PGA Championship in a playoff in May and has recorded nine top-10 finishes this season on the PGA Tour.

Tony Finau

Team USA’s Tony Finau reacts to the 14th green during Saturday’s four-ball match on day three of the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Finau qualifies for his fourth straight international competition representing Team USA, but the first time through points.

“It’s very nice,” he said. “Sometimes I finished seventh or eighth when they moved it to six picks. Officially my first time doing it with points. It was my goal to start the season, and when I finished playing in Melbourne (in 2019), it was my goal to make the next team at home and to be able to do it with points I think is beautiful especially for me.”

The 32-year-old won the 3M Open and Rocket Mortgage Classic in back-to-back weeks to cap a solid season and claim the sixth and final automatic qualification spot on the US side.

Finau will start his second Presidents Cup. He also played in the last two Ryder Cups. He is an impressive 3-for-3 when on the winning side.



The story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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