Johnson closes gap on Koepka for No. 1 Ryder Cup spot

Dustin Johnson closed the gap on Brooks Koepka for the No. 1 spot in the United States Ryder Cup team points race with his victory at the RBC Canadian Open.

Johnson earned 1,116 Ryder Cup points with the victory, and is now only 56 behind Koepka, who took the week off following The Open Championship. Koepka, Johnson and Masters winner Patrick Reed have all clinched spots on captain Jim Furyk’s team.

Justin Thomas remained No. 4, followed by Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson. Just outside the top eight automatic qualifying spots, which went unchanged this week, are Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar and Kevin Kisner.

Tiger Woods, who was also off last week, remained in the No. 20 spot.

The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held at Le Golf National in Paris this September.

The top eight spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup team will be determined based on points following the 100th PGA Championship, scheduled to conclude Aug. 12. Three additional spots will be named by 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.

–Field Level Media

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