France can officially brace for the arrival of “Captain America” in the fall.
Patrick Reed’s triumph at the Masters vaulted him eight spots to No. 1 in the United States Ryder Cup Team Points released Tuesday. The polarizing hero of the U.S. victory at Hazeltine two years ago was almost certain to make captain Jim Furyk’s squad with his long history of match play success, but Reed has now all but locked up one of the eight automatic spots on the team.
The four majors in 2018 are weighted heavily in the 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.
That led to the biggest shakeup in the U.S. points standings this year following the Masters. Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson each moved down a spot while remaining in the top five. Rickie Fowler jumped four spots to No. 6 with his runner-up finish at Augusta National, while Brooks Koepka fell two more spots to No. 7 while he continues to recover from a wrist injury.
Phil Mickelson is currently holding onto the final automatic qualifying spot at No. 8, followed by Matt Kuchar, Brian Harman, Kevin Kisner and Gary Woodland. Chez Reavie, Tony Finau and Charlie Hoffman round out the top 15. Tiger Woods, who will serve as a co-captain on the team, is no longer among the top 25. Furyk will also have four captain’s picks to round out his 12-player team.
Reed earned the moniker of “Captain America” in helping lead the U.S. to just its second first Ryder Cup victory since 1999, including a dramatic showdown against Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy in the Sunday singles pairings. Paired again with McIlroy in the final round of the Masters, Reed shot a 1-under 67 to win his first major championship while McIlroy struggled to a tie for fifth after carding a 3-over 74 – the only player to finish in the top 15 who shot over par on Sunday.
The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held at Le Golf National in Paris this September. Future venues include Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. in 2020, the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Italy 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 in ’28, the next U.S. course will be The Olympic Club in San Francisco in 2032.
–Field Level Media