Win vaults Dufner to sixth in Presidents Cup standings

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While his two-shot win at the PGA Championship already came with plenty of benefits, one additional perk Jason Dufner received Sunday was a likely spot on the U.S. Presidents Cup team this October.

With the win, Dufner moved all the way from 13th to sixth in the standings, with the top 10 players following next month's Deutsche Bank Championship automatically qualifying for captain Fred Couples' squad at Muirfield Village. With just three events remaining before the team is finalized, golf's newest major champion is all but a lock to remain inside the top 10.

While Dufner's spot in the biennial competition is likely secure, several players below him in the standings cling to more tenuous positions. The gap separating Steve Stricker (ninth), Zach Johnson (10th), Dustin Johnson (11th) and Webb Simpson (12th) is only 62,648 points, a margin easily erased as each dollar earned across the next three weeks counts for two points.

Here's a full look at the U.S. standings following the season's fourth major:

1. Tiger Woods (21,537,771 points)

2. Brandt Snedeker (14,998,127)

3. Phil Mickelson (14,344,474)

4. Matt Kuchar (14,111,215)

5. Keegan Bradley (10,394,284)

6. Jason Dufner (10,342,372)

7. Bill Haas (10,122,042)

8. Hunter Mahan (9,595,188)

9. Steve Stricker (8,703,084)

10. Zach Johnson (8,691,862)


11. Dustin Johnson (8,681,908)

12. Webb Simpson (8,640,436)

13. Jim Furyk (8,043,663)

14. Bubba Watson (7,816,908)

On the International side of things, the top 10 remained the same after the PGA Championship, with the only change occuring when Hideki Matsuyama supplanted Branden Grace for sixth position. With his tie for 12th, Australian Marc Leishman moved up to 12th in the standings, but will need another strong result to crack the top 10.

Here is how the standings look for the International Team, which qualifies players based on the Official World Golf Ranking rather than through a points system:

1. Adam Scott (Fourth in OWGR)

2. Charl Schwartzel (15th)

3. Ernie Els (16th)

4. Louis Oosthuizen (18th)

5. Jason Day (20th)

6. Hideki Matsuyama (29th)

7. Branden Grace (31st)

8. Richard Sterne (34th)

9. Angel Cabrera (47th)

10. Tim Clark (57th)


11. Thongchai Jaidee (58th)

12. Marc Leishman (63rd)

13. George Coetzee (72nd)

14. Graham DeLaet (75th)

15. Kiradech Aphibarnrat (77th)

The standings of both teams will be finalized on Sept. 2, with captains Fred Couples and Nick Price adding two captain's picks each on Sept. 4 to round out their respective 12-man squads.