Ryder Cup returning to Hazeltine; Watson surges in rankings

The Ryder Cup will return to Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. in 2028, the PGA of America announced Monday.

Meanwhile, Bubba Watson surged from 11th to third in the U.S. Ryder Team points standings following his victory at the WGC-Dell Technologies match play event, his second victory of the year and 11th of his PGA Tour career. He trails only Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson.

The top eight players in the standings receive automatic spots on the U.S. team, with captain Jim Furyk selecting the final four spots. Watson is followed by Brooks Koepka, whose wrist injury will continue to sideline him through next month’s Masters, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Brian Harman.

Bubba Watson
Mar 25, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Bubba Watson of the United States tees off on number 8 playing against Kevin Kisner of the United States during the final round of the WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
Patrick Reed fell out of the top eight with his elimination in the quarterfinals on Saturday, followed by Gary Woodland and Rickie Fowler. Kevin Kisner, who lost to Watson in Sunday’s final, moved up 21 spots to No. 12.

Earning a spot on the Ryder Cup team has been a stated goal for Watson, who was left off the ’16 team that brought the Ryder Cup back to the U.S. at Hazeltine. He was ranked ahead of multiple players who were chosen over him, but Watson admittedly wasn’t in strong playing form at the time.

Hazeltine will become the first American venue to play host to multiple Ryder Cups when the 48th edition of the event returns in 10 years. Four English courses have played host to multiple Ryder Cups: The Belfry (1985, ’89, ’93, 2002); Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club (1961, ’77); Royal Birkdale Golf Club (1965, ’69) and Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club (1933, ’37).

Designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1962 and enhanced by his son, Rees Jones, in 2002 and 2005, Hazeltine is also scheduled to play host to its third women’s major championship, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, in June 2019.

The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held at Le Golf National in Paris this September. Future venues include Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisc. 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