Stricker's charge comes up short at Deutsche Back but earns spot on Presidents Cup team

Posted-September 2nd, 2013 9:37 pm

NORTON, Mass. (AP) -- A great summer of golf finally paid off for Henrik Stenson when he won the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Stenson raced by a fast-fading Sergio Garcia on Monday, and he holed a bunker shot on the 17th hole to turn back a final threat from Steve Stricker. The Swede, who had close calls in two majors, closed with a 5-under 67 and tied the tournament record at the TPC Boston. He won by two shots over Stricker.

Labor Day at the TPC Boston was loaded with drama.

Steve Stricker earned a place on the United States team for the Presidents Cup after a second-place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday moved him ahead of Webb Simpson.

American veteran Stricker was the only player on either team to move into the top 10 in the Cup points standings in the final week of qualification as he guaranteed automatic selection for October's showdown with the Internationals.

United States captain Fred Couples and his International counterpart Nick Price will announce their two additional picks on Wednesday to round off the 12-man teams.

Stricker moved up from 11th while Zach Johnson, who began the week ranked 10th for the United States, earned his spot at the very last moment, sinking a 26-foot birdie putt on his final hole for a 66 to finish in a tie for 27th at the TPC Boston.

At Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, the 46-year-old Stricker will be playing in his fifth Presidents Cup, having made his debut in 1996, and his achievement is all the more impressive given he has played a restricted schedule this year.

"I texted Freddie earlier in the week, I didn't want one of his spots as a pick, I wanted to make the team on my own," Stricker told reporters after closing with a four-under 67 on Monday.

"So I had a great motivation to play well this week. I'm excited to be a part of another team and represent the USA at Muirfield."

Zach Johnson made a 25-foot birdie putt on his last hole to make the Presidents Cup team.

(Copyright Associated Press)

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