Na vaults 23 spots in Ryder Cup standings

Kevin Na vaulted 23 spots to No. 13 in the United States Ryder Cup team points list on Monday following his victory at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier.

Na earned 1,314 points for his second career PGA Tour victory, and now sits only five spots out of the final automatic spot on the U.S. roster. He also moved up 24 spots to No. 41 in the official world golf rankings, which did not see any changes among the top 10 this week.

The top 12 spots in the U.S. Ryder cup team chase remained unchanged, with Brooks Koepka at the top, followed by Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau currently occupying the top eight positions.

Webb Simpson, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Brian Harman are Nos. 9-12.

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is running out of time to earn an automatic spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

Tiger Woods, who did not compete at the Greenbrier, dropped three positions to No. 31.

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.

Woods was named a vice captain by Furyk in February, but said at the time that his goal was to earn a spot playing on the team as well.

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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