De Jonge moved onto the leaderboard with his bogey-free round on Saturday at TPC Boston, but with this week’s deadline looming to make the International Presidents Cup team he doesn’t expect it to change captain Nick Price’s mind about his potential captain’s picks.
“I think he’s got a pretty good idea who it’s going to be,” de Jonge said. “It’s kind of hard to base it off one week.”
De Jonge is 15th on the points list, although his chances may improve if Louis Oosthuizen, who has been sidelined with an injury since the John Deere Classic, is unable to join the team later this year at Muirfield Village.
Although No. 11 Tim Clark seems certain to receive a pick, de Jonge’s resume would be tough to ignore. He has 10 top-25 finishes in 27 events this season and has not finished outside the top 60 in FedEx Cup points the last four seasons.
Price is also something of a mentor to de Jonge and is very much aware of the Zimbabwean’s potential. Just don’t expect that to impact his decision on potential picks.
“We talk a lot, but not about the Presidents Cup. I’ve kind of left that one alone,” de Jonge said. “It would be the highlight of my career. Playing for Nick would be the added incentive.”