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Gay needs to rally to make Presidents Cup

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CHASKA, Minn. – Brian Gay, a two-time PGA Tour winner this season, needs a big afternoon if he’s going to make the U.S. Presidents Cup team on points.

The top 10 in points automatically qualify for the United States vs. Internationals competition Oct. 8-11 at Harding Park in San Francisco.

Gay is 11th on the American points list and needs to finish solo 15th or better to have a chance to make the team on points. He shot 78 in the first round and is scheduled to go off at 2:05 p.m. local time in the second round.

“At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t thinking about the Presidents Cup much, I just wanted to win and finish top 30 in money, but after a good start on the West Coast and the win at Hilton Head, it got me right up there and people started talking about it,” Gay said. “When I won again, it was a big topic with friends and family. It would be great to be on the team.”

U.S. captain Fred Couples has three more weeks to make his two captain’s picks, and he has encouraged Gay.

“Freddie told me (Harding Park) would be a great course for me,” Gay said.

Gay has a little problem that might factor into Couples’ choice. Gay strained his back before the British Open. He’s undergoing therapy and on anti-inflammatory medicine but playing through his issues.