J.B. Holmes was an absolute stud in his one and only Ryder Cup appearance.
The long-hitting Holmes went 2-0-1 in his home state of Kentucky at Valhalla Golf Club in 2008, which also happens to be the last time the U.S. won the bienniel matches.
On Sunday at Royal Troon, Holmes took an enormous step toward potentially securing his spot on a second Ryder Cup USA team, finishing third in the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon to soar from No. 12 to No. 5. Holmes certainly took advantage of the opportunity given that majors this season count for double Ryder Cup points.
It was Holmes' best finish in a major, bettering his only other major top 10, which was a T4 back in April at the Masters.
Open Championship runner-up Phil Mickelson also earned a boatload of points to leapfrog Zach Johnson for the No. 3 spot in the latest standings. While points were gained throughout the remainder of the top 12, no one else moved up position-wise.
Another significant mover to keep an eye on after a fourth-place finish at Troon is Steve Stricker. The three-time Ryder Cup veteran and 2016 USA Vice Captain who is essentially a "part-time" player these days, propelled to No. 23 from No. 49 in his first major of this season. It was his 13th top-10 in a major overall and his first since a T7 in the 2014 PGA Championship.
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.