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Standings

Davis Love III, Captain
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Europe | Darren Clarke, Captain

Ryder Cup Rankings

GRID CHART
Captain: Davis Love III
  1. Dustin JOHNSON 11,860.361 points
    1
  2. Jordan SPIETH 10,834.343 points
    2
  3. Phil MICKELSON 5,674.358 points
    3
  4. Zach JOHNSON 4,206.582 points
    4
  5. J.B. HOLMES 4,149.716 points
    5
  6. Brandt SNEDEKER 4,041.615 points
    6
  7. Bubba WATSON 3,968.084 points
    7
  8. Matt KUCHAR 3,933.965 points
    8

On the bubble

  1. Brooks KOEPKA 3,878.83 points
    9
  2. Rickie FOWLER 3,678.368 points
    10
  3. Patrick REED 3,654.605 points
    11
  4. Scott PIERCY 3,272.359 points
    12

U.S. Ryder Cup points stay stable heading into PGA Championship

In a week where many of the top players didn't play to prepare for the PGA Championship this upcoming week at Baltusrol, Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar took advantage.

Placing T5 and T9 respectively at the RBC Canadian Open, both Snedeker and Kuchar moved onto the current roster for the United States Ryder Cup team in a tight race after the top two. Dustin Johnson's T2 finish keeps him on top of the standings, though he has enough points to have almost certainly clinched a spot on the team. There was no other significant movement in the top 50.

However, with majors counting double towards points, this upcoming week is going to be pivotal in deciding who will be on the roster when September rolls around. Less than a thousand points separate J.B. Holmes in fifth place and Bill Haas in 13th, so there could potentially be a lot of movement in next week's rankings.

Even players in the 20's such as Gary Woodland or Justin Thomas could vault into contention with a strong finish this week. In addition to points, Davis Love III will surely be looking around for potential captain's pick options.

Since the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minn., will be played in an Olympic year (with golf included in the Games for the first time since 1904), there have been some adjustments made to the qualifying calendar for Ryder Cup USA.

Here are the key qualifying dates:

- Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016: The top eight will be finalized at the conclusion of The Barclays, which is scheduled to finish on this date, as opposed to the traditional closing of points at the conclusion of the PGA Championship, which will be played in July instead of August in 2016 due to the Olympics. It also affords players an additional two weeks from past years to earn a spot on points.

- Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016: Love will select three of his four Captain's Picks at the conclusion of the BMW Championship, scheduled to end on this day.

- Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016: Love will make his fourth and final Captain's Pick at the conclusion of the Tour Championship, scheduled to end on this day.

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Captain: Darren Clarke
  1. Rory MCILROY 4,169,004.2 European Points 319.97 World Points 319.97 WP / 4,169,004.2 EP
    1
  2. Danny WILLETT 4,044,082.2 European Points 270.49 World Points 270.49 WP / 4,044,082.2 EP
    2
  3. Henrik STENSON 3,289,167.5 European Points 363.97 World Points 363.97 WP / 3,289,167.5 EP
    3
  4. Chris WOOD 2,574,311.2 European Points 161.63 World Points 161.63 WP / 2,574,311.2 EP
    4
  5. Sergio GARCIA 1,330,483.4 European Points 207.95 World Points 207.95 WP / 1,330,483.4 EP
    5
  6. Rafa CABRERA-BELLO 2,169,312.2 European Points 168.57 World Points 168.57 WP / 2,169,312.2 EP
    6
  7. Justin ROSE 968,850.6 European Points 168.04 World Points 168.04 WP / 968,850.6 EP
    7
  8. Andy SULLIVAN 2,449,414.8 European Points 151.5 World Points 151.5 WP / 2,449,414.8 EP
    8
  9. Matthew FITZPATRICK 2,202,295.2 European Points 142.71 World Points 142.71 WP / 2,202,295.2 EP
    9

On the bubble

  1. Soren KJELDSEN 1,765,201 European Points 113.67 World Points 113.67 WP / 1,765,201 EP
    10
  2. Victor DUBUISSON 1,672,920.4 European Points 75.55 World Points 75.55 WP / 1,672,920.4 EP
    11
  3. Lee WESTWOOD 1,501,899.4 European Points 114.97 World Points 114.97 WP / 1,501,899.4 EP
    12
  4. Thorbjorn OLESEN 1,626,076.8 European Points 111.48 World Points 111.48 WP / 1,626,076.8 EP
    13

Ryder Cup race reaches final Major

As the world’s best players gather at Baltusrol Golf Club just west of New York City for the US PGA Championship, Team Europe’s Ryder Cup hopefuls will be eyeing up the significant amount of World Points on offer at the year’s final Major Championship.

With the likes of Andy Sullivan and Matt Fitzpatrick enjoying a sizeable advantage over Lee Westwood and the other main contenders in the last automatic qualifying spots for a place on Darren Clarke’s team as things stand, and just four Ryder Cup qualifying events remaining on The European Tour after this week, one big finish in the States might be enough to see one lucky contender pass Fitzpatrick and co. and book their place on the plane to Hazeltine.

So with all of that in mind we thought we would breakdown all the different permutations for this week. (Please note calculations are based on Fitzpatrick missing the cut.)

Two of The European Tour’s most experienced players, Søren Kjeldsen and Westwood, both need to finish in fourth alone to jump into that coveted ninth and final position in the qualifying race. 

Considering the pair have posted some impressive Major Championship finishes so far this season, with Søren notching two top tens at the US Open and Open Championship, and Westwood finishing in a tie for second at The Masters, the likes of Fitzpatrick might be looking nervously over their shoulders should they fail to make it to the weekend in New Jersey.

Shane Lowry and Thorbjørn Olesen, two men who have impressed so far this season and are vying to make their Ryder Cup bows in Hazeltine, both need to finish among the top three if they are to stand a chance of jumping above Fitzpatrick.

Lowry, who led into the final round of the US Open at Oakmont needs to finish in outright third place with a three-way tie for third being enough for Olesen.

With all the leading contenders for a place on Clarke’s side not wanting to risk having to rely on a Captain’s Pick when the Northern Irishman makes that announcement on the Tuesday before the Omega European Masters, players with Ryder Cup experience like Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Francesco Molinari will need to finish in tied second place or better if they are to move into the automatic places in Ryder Cup Qualifying.

Two very talented youngsters in the shape of the big-hitting Thomas Pieters and the impressive Tyrrell Hatton, also need to finish among the top two to get on the right side of the cut off line, while Russell Knox, the consistent Joost Luiten and Rikard Karlberg need to finish in second place outright. 

While for some players even a US PGA Championship win and the massive 100 World Golf Ranking points on offer would not be enough to see them jump into ninth place, the likes of Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, 2014 Ryder Cup heroes Jamie Donaldson & Victor Dubuisson, Luke Donald and Bernd Wiesberger can all make their presence felt among those qualifying automatically for The Ryder Cup at the end of the week, with a win at Baltusrol Golf Club.

With the extra Ryder Cup narrative adding to the excitement of the year’s final Major Championship, there is more than just the Wanamaker trophy on offer this week.

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Ryder Cup HOW IT WORKS

The Ryder Cup is played in even-numbered years between 12-member teams from the United States and Europe. It consists of five match-play sessions played over three days.

Team Selection

The United States will have eight players determined by points, while the European Team will have nine - the first four coming from the European Points List and the next five from the World Points List. Europe has three Captain's Picks, while the USA has four.

Ryder Cup Format

Each of the first two days includes one four-match session of four-balls and one four-match session of foursomes. The final day is reserved for 12 singles matches.

Ryder Cup Scoring

Each match is worth one point, with matches ending in a draw worth 1/2 point to each side. The first team to reach 14 ½ points wins the Ryder Cup. If the matches end in a 14-14 draw, the team holding the Ryder Cup retains it.

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