Phil Mickelson is on the outside looking in again at the eight automatic qualifying spots for the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Bryson DeChambeau vaulted five spots to No. 8 with his playoff victory at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday, which earned him 1,602 U.S. Ryder Cup team points. With 3,888 points, he is 76 ahead of Mickelson, who dropped one spot after tying for 15th at Muirfield Village.
DeChambeau also climbed 16 spots to a career-high of No. 22 in the world golf rankings – two spots behind Mickelson, who temporarily moved into the coveted automatic positions in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings with a victory at the WGC – Mexico Championship in March. Since then, he has one top-10 finish in six events – a tie for fifth at the Wells Fargo Championship.
The top five spots in the U.S. standings remained unchanged, with Masters champion Patrick Reed leading the way. He is followed by world No. 1 Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka. Rickie Fowler leap-frogged Bubba Watson for No. 6.
Just behind Mickelson among those outside the automatic spots are The Players champion Webb Simpson at No. 10, Matt Kuchar, Brian Harman, Aaron Wise, Kevin Kisner and Jimmy Walker.
Tiger Woods, who is a Ryder Cup co-captain but is also trying to earn a playing spot on the team, remains outside of the top 25 in team points. He did rise three more spots to a season-high 80th in the world rankings.
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