Webb Simpson climbed 14 spots to No. 9 in the U.S. Ryder Cup team points list following his victory at The Players Championship.
The top eight spots earn automatic spots on the U.S. team. The top six remained unchanged with Masters champion Patrick Reed leading the way and followed by Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler. Brooks Koepka moved up one spot to No. 7 after a course-record tying 63 at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday, while Phil Mickelson dropped to No. 8 after missing the cut.
Simpson earned 1,980 points for his victory at The Players. Xander Schauffele vaulted 18 spots to No. 14 while Jimmy Walker rose 22 spots to No. 18 with their tie for second place along with Charl Schwartzel.
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