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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
U.S. team to rely on points for picks

Associated Press

In another move away from money counting anywhere except the bank, the Presidents Cup will be relying on FedEx Cup points to determine the U.S. team for the 2015 matches in South Korea.

That means golf's strongest fields will not award as many points compared to previous years.

American players previously earned one point for every dollar in official PGA Tour earnings (double the amount in the year of the Presidents Cup). Prize money at the majors was roughly $8 million this year, while the World Golf Championships offered $8.75 million, The Players Championship had a $9.5 million purse and the FedEx Cup playoff events were at $8 million. The largest purse for a regular PGA Tour event was $6.7 million last year.

Americans now get FedEx Cup points counted toward the President Cup standings.

Majors and The Players offer 600 points to the winner. The WGCs and FedEx Cup playoff events award 550 points, while the rest of the PGA Tour events offer 500 points (except for opposite-field events, which award 250 points).

Then again, winning majors never guaranteed a spot on the Presidents Cup team. PGA champion Keegan Bradley didn't make it in 2011. U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover was a captain's pick in 2009, and neither British Open champion Ben Curtis nor PGA champion Shaun Micheel was on the 2003 team.

International players are determined by the world ranking. Major champions are awarded 100 ranking points, nearly double the average of other PGA Tour events.