Justin Thomas holds off Patrick Cantlay to win at Medinah

Press Association Sport 10:11 19/08/2019
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Justin Thomas cemented his place as an automatic qualifier for the United States Presidents Cup team with victory in the BMW Championship in Medinah.

There were no late changes to the top eight for either the USA or the Internationals as Thomas secured the title by three shots ahead of compatriot Patrick Cantlay on the final day for qualification.

As a result, Thomas, Cantlay, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Bryson DeChambeau will represent America at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in December.

Tiger Woods, who finished 13th in the pecking order, has four picks to complete his team, but remains coy over whether or not he will select himself as just the second playing captain in the competition’s history.

He is in good company, however, with Tony Finau, Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reid, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Speith having all finished outside the top eight.

The Internationals’ automatic selections are Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama,, who finished third at Medinah, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Abraham Ancer, Haotong Li, C.T. Pan and Cameron Smith with Jason Day likely to be among captain Ernie Els’ picks.

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