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Weekly Ryder Cup Report

The Ryder Cup tees off two months from now, and the race to qualify outright is jam-packed for the United States team right now.

 
Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are virtual locks to make the team, while the rest of the list has lots of room for movement.

Phil Mickelson’s performance at the Open put him in third position, and a couple of more solid finishes from him and he could solidify his spot to qualify.

 
The rest of the list is tight, and this week’s PGA Championship at Baltusrol could cause some serious shake-up in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings.

There are around a thousand points between 4th and 13th place, so Zach Johnson, JB Holmes, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, and Matt Kuchar, who fill out the middle to back half of the top eight, should not feel comfortable with guys like Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler lurking a few points back, as a good result could put them inside the qualification line.

 
Along with the tight race, major championship points are worth double (points are based off money), and the PGA Championship just so happens to have the highest purse in golf at $10 million.

Typically, $1000 is worth one point, but since it’s worth two this week, the winner of the PGA would receive 3780 points. Even a top 5 finish should earn a player decent Ryder Cup points.

This would mean that if guys like Justin Thomas or Billy Horschel, who are outside the top 20, have a strong finish this week, they could play themselves into contention, or at least make some noise for a captains pick.

 
Here’s the Top 50 list for the Ryder Cup standings, so you can see for yourself who needs to do what this week in order to get into qualification or contention.

1. DUSTIN JOHNSON – 11,860.361
2. JORDAN SPIETH – 10,834.343
3. PHIL MICKELSON – 5,674.358
4. ZACH JOHNSON – 4,206.582
5. J.B. HOLMES – 4,149.716
6. BRANDT SNEDEKER – 4,041.615
7. BUBBA WATSON – 3,968.084
8. MATT KUCHAR – 3,933.965

9. Brooks KOEPKA – 3,878.830
10. Rickie FOWLER – 3,678.368
11. Patrick REED – 3,654.605
12. Scott PIERCY – 3,272.359
13. Bill HAAS – 3,149.590
14. Kevin CHAPPELL – 2,888.237
15. Jason DUFNER – 2,789.519
16. Daniel BERGER – 2,732.318
17. Charley HOFFMAN – 2,671.383
18. Jim FURYK – 2,601.977
19. William MCGIRT – 2,493.8972
20. Kevin NA – 2,442.189
21. Kevin KISNER – 2,182.523
22. Harris ENGLISH – 2,003.972
23. Steve STRICKER – 1,884.020
24. Gary WOODLAND – 1,876.171
25. Justin THOMAS – 1,835.805
26. James HAHN – 1,809.254
27. Billy HORSCHEL – 1,800.036
28. Kevin STREELMAN – 1,790.608
29. Jimmy WALKER – 1,737.662
30. Webb SIMPSON – 1,670.530
31. Jamie LOVEMARK – 1,632.615
32. Chris KIRK – 1,627.637
33. Ryan MOORE – 1,616.022
34. Jim HERMAN – 1,607.771
35. Jon CURRAN – 1,468.077
36. Charles HOWELL III – 1,456.273
37. Ryan PALMER – 1,442.405
38. Vaughn TAYLOR – 1,434.296
39. Brian STUARD – 1,408.155
40. Billy HURLEY III – 1,401.940
41. Roberto CASTRO – 1,305.147
42. Colt KNOST – 1,280.901
43. Daniel SUMMERHAYS – 1,277.358
44. Robert STREB – 1,209.547
45. Bryce MOLDER – 1,167.313
46. Smylie KAUFMAN – 1,142.963
47. Russell HENLEY – 1,137.898
48. Brendan STEELE – 1,135.159
49. Tony FINAU – 1,123.392
50. Jason KOKRAK – 1,117.264

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