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.
THE LEWIS COLLECTION: Stacy Lewis plans to use a new set of irons before next year, so that 5-iron she hit into the 17th hole at St. Andrews is headed for a special place.
The American star has a proper trophy case for her eight LPGA Tour titles, two of them majors. It’s out in the garage where she keeps a few extra mementos, such as the putters with which she’s won tournaments and the shoes from both her majors.
“The Kraft, those were some wet shoes,” she said, referring to the leap into the pond after winning.
She plans to put the 5-iron in a bag. That club produced one of the best shots of the year _ a baby cut that rode the wind and ran onto the famous Road Hole green to 3 feet for a birdie that sent her on the way to victory at the home of golf.
WESTWOOD CADDIE: Billy Foster is returning to work as Lee Westwood’s caddie for the first time since in 18 months.
The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday that Westwood, who faces his first winless season in five years, will get back together with his old caddie at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge next week in California.
Foster, whose list of players ranges from Seve Ballesteros, Darren Clarke and even one week with Tiger Woods, injured his knee playing soccer at the Wells Fargo Championship in May 2012. Westwood eventually hired Mike Kern.
Foster returned this summer and was working for Branden Grace of South Africa.