Brooks Koepka leads Ryder Cup USA standings heading into 2018
Brooks Koepka soared to the top of the 2018 American Ryder Cup rankings after his U.S. Open victory in June. That’s where he remains after a T2 in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China on Sunday.
The event was the last chance this year for Americans to earn 2018 Ryder Cup points. The points race begins anew in January at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
Also tying for second in China was Dustin Johnson, who climbed to fourth in the rankings. Johnson was in position to win the WGC-HSBC Champions before shooting 5-over par in the final round.
Here is the current top 12 (and ties):
1. Brooks Koepka, 3,404.658
2. Justin Thomas, 2,509.723
3. Jordan Spieth, 2,365.412
4. Dustin Johnson, 2,339.739
5. Matt Kuchar, 2,133.466
6. Brian Harman, 1,352.852
7. Rickie Fowler, 1,286.937
8. Patrick Reed, 1,144.244
9. Bill Haas, 927.772
10. Charley Hoffman, 890.709
11. Zach Johnson, 877.254
12. Kevin Chappell, 651.087
The points process for the American team will conclude on Aug. 12, 2018, following the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, with the top eight players on the points list securing spots on the U.S. Team.
The four remaining slots on the U.S. Team will be Captain's Selections. Three selections will be announced by Captain Furyk following the Dell Technologies Championship scheduled to be completed on Sept. 3, 2018, and the final selection will be announced after the BMW Championship, which is slated to be completed on Sept. 9, 2018.
Here's how players will earn points in 2018:
2018 Regular PGA Tour events:
- 1 point per $1,000 earned (Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, through the PGA Championship, Aug. 12, 2018; includes the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event and WGC events)
2018 Opposite Field PGA TOUR events will NOT receive points
2018 Major Championships:
- 2 Points per $1,000 earned for the Winner; 1.5 Points per $1,000 earned for all others to make the cut (The Masters; U.S. Open; Open Championship; PGA Championship)
Koepka was a star in his Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine last fall, going 3-1-0 as a member of the first winning U.S. team since 2008, a squad that defeated Europe convincingly, 17-11.
The confidence gained from that pressure cooker of a week in Chaska, Minn., proved to be an invaluable experience for Koepka in Erin, Wis., where he claimed his first major championship -- the U.S. Open at Erin Hills -- in dominate fashion, topping his nearest pursuers by four strokes.