By Ken MacLeod
Guess who has played his way into contention for the 2015 President’s Cup team?
With his solo fifth place finish in the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational Sunday, Edmond North graduate Robert Streb has moved up to 12th in the President’s Cup points standings. The top 10 after the Deutsche Bank Championship Sept 4-7 are automatically on the team, while captain Jay Haas will make two captain’s selections on Sept. 8.
The President’s Cup is Oct. 8-11 in South Korea.
Streb is 10th on the 2015 PGA Tour money list and fifth in the FedEx Cup points standings, but the President’s Cup standings take into account money won in 2014 and 2015 in a formula that awards twice the value to winnings this year.
With a strong showing at the PGA Championship, Streb could conceivably pass Matt Kuchar and Charley Hoffman and be in line for a spot on the team.
Streb has quietly worked his way into position for this honor. Though he finished alone in fifth Sunday, his only airtime on the CBS broadcast was a replay of a birdie putt on the 16th hole, plus a few shots of him standing off to the side while Bubba Watson played.
While staying just on the fringe of contention in recent events, including the Open Championship at St. Andrews, Streb has been piling up some impressive numbers. He had a huge fall season including his first PGA Tour victory at the McGladrey Classic. There was the usual skepticism that his accomplishments would wane once the big names came out in the spring. Instead, after a short struggle following the birth of his first child, he has been a fixture in the top 20.
In his last nine events, Streb’s worst finish was a tie for 42nd in his first U.S. Open, while he has seven top 20 finishes including three top-10s. His earnings of $3,404,124 rank him 10th for 2015.
To see the current President’s Cup standings, click here.