Watson climbs Ryder Cup standings following Travelers win

With some of golf’s biggest names taking the weekend off (either by choice or by cutline), the U.S. Ryder Cup standings remain relatively stable this week.

And that’s good news for Bubba Watson.

Thanks to his win at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., on Sunday, Watson earned 1,260 points to jump from seventh to fifth in the standings. He now sits more than 1,300 points ahead of ninth place; the top eight in the standings automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup team.

Points leader Brooks Koepka strengthened his hold on the top spot. His tie for 19th at the Travelers earned him 79 points while second-place Dustin Johnson took the week off and third-place Patrick Reed missed the cut. Justin Thomas picked up 15.68 points and remained in fourth.

Jordan Spieth dropped from fifth to sixth with his tie for 42nd place and Rickie Fowler dropped from sixth to seventh after taking the tournament off. The other notable change came in the final guaranteed position, as Bryson DeChambeau tied for ninth at Cromwell to move from ninth to eighth in the standings, jumping Webb Simpson, who failed to make the cut.

Brian Harman, who tied for sixth Sunday, picked up 234.5 points and remained in the 12th place. But with the Simpson missing the cut and Phil Mickelson (10th place) and Matt Kuchar (11th) taking the weekend off, Harman got a little closer in the race for the final automatic berth.

The top eight spots will be determined based on points following the 100th PGA Championship scheduled to conclude Aug. 12. Three additional spots will be named by captain Jim Furyk following the Dell Technologies Championship scheduled to finish on Sept. 3, with the final spot scheduled to be announced after the BMW Championship slated to be completed on Sept. 9.

The four majors in 2018 are weighted heavily in the U.S. Ryder Cup team points race, with winners receiving two points per $1,000 earned at the Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship, and all other players receiving 1.5 points per $1,000 earned. That’s compared to one point per every $1,000 earned in regular PGA Tour events in 2018 leading up to the Aug. 12 cutoff.

The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held at Le Golf National in Paris this September. Future venues include Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis., in 2020; the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome in ’22; and Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., in ’24.

Europe has yet to announce the home courses for the 2026 and ’30 Ryder Cups. After returning to Hazeltine (Chaska, Minn.) in ’28, the next U.S. course will be The Olympic Club in San Francisco in 2032.

–Field Level Media

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