GEOFF OGILVY has secured automatic selection to the Presidents Cup team and John Senden, Aaron Baddeley and Robert Allenby have all promoted their credentials for a Captains pick after the final found of the BMW Championship in Chicago.
Senden finished the third of the four FedEx Cup playoff events in second place behind Englishman Justin Rose while Ogilvy finished third.
Five Australians will now advance to the 30 man $US10 million Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta this week, Senden, Ogilvy, Baddeley, Jason Day and Adam Scott.
Allenby and Marc Leishman bow out of the playoffs but Allenby at least will be hoping to remain in contention for the Presidents Cup in the mind of team captain Greg Norman.
Presidents Cup International Team
With two captain picks to come next week, The International Team now comprises the following (with their BMW Championship placing in brackets):
1 Jason Day (AUS) (Tied for 49th)
2 Adam Scott (AUS) (Tied for 37th
3 Charl Schwartzel (RSA) (Tied for 42nd)
4 K.J. Choi (KOR) (Tied for 10th)
5 Kyung-tae Kim (KOR)
6 Retief Goosen (RSA)
7 Geoff Ogilvy (AUS) (3rd)
8 Ernie Els (RSA) (Tied for 42nd)
9 Y.E. Yang (KOR) (Tied for 12th)
10 Ryo Ishikawa (JPN)
1 Matt Kuchar (Tied for 22nd)
2 Steve Stricker (Withdrew with injury)
3 Dustin Johnson (Tied for 65th)
4 Webb Simpson (5th)
5 Nick Watney (Tied for 22nd)
6 Phil Mickelson (Tied for 56th)
7 Bubba Watson (Tied for 53rd)
8 David Toms (Tied for 10th)
9 Hunter Mahan (Tied for 42nd)
10Jim Furyk (Tied for 22nd)
Ogilvy, who is feeling a lot healthier after spending months dealing with shoulder and stomach problems, was the only player to shot four rounds in the 60s.
He acknowledged the difficult choices facing Greg Norman.
“On the outside looking in, I think there’s Robert (Allenby), who’s won multiple golf tournaments at Royal Melbourne; Aaron (Baddeley), who’s played pretty well this year; Vijay (Singh) is not far away and he played well a couple of weeks ago. I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes. He’s got some great players to pick from, and I don’t think any players he picks are going to be wrong.”
The Victorian didn’t shy from the prospect of Norman choosing two Australians.
“Well, if everything else is equal, if two players are equal, you’d probably pick the home country guy, wherever it was. But there are no two golfers who are equal, so everybody brings their strengths,” Ogilvy said.2011 BMW Championship Final Results 2011 PGA Tour Playoff Points FedEx Cup