With last week's playing of the Masters worth double Ryder Cup points for U.S. players, it was a great opportunity for some to make a big leap.
J.B. Holmes and Daniel Berger took advantage. Holmes tied for fourth at Augusta National -- his first career top-10 in a major -- and climbed from No. 13 to No. 8 in the latest standings.
Berger is still very much on the outside looking in, but catapulted 19 slots from No. 40 to No. 21 thanks to his T10, which should give him momentum going forward. It was also Berger's second consecutive top-10 finish, the only two such finishes he has this season.
Looking back on the top 10, leader Jordan Spieth continued his sprint away from the rest of the field with his T2 in the Masters. The finish was no doubt crushing for Spieth, but his track record at the Masters is remarkable. In three starts, he has the 2015 victory to go along with two runner-up showings. Impressive stuff.
Brandt Snedeker hopped up to the No. 4 spot from No. 6 with a T10, sending Zach Johnson (No. 5) and Rickie Fowler (No. 6) down one spot each. As a result of the Holmes T4, Patrick Reed (No. 9), Brooks Koepka (No. 10) and Bill Haas (No. 11) all moved down one spot.
Here's a look at the top 12 following the 2016 Masters (remember, the top eight qualify on points, while U.S. Captain Davis Love III will round out the team with his four Captain's Picks):
1. Jordan Spieth 8,872.840
2. Dustin Johnson 4,809.848
3. Bubba Watson 3,658.078
4. Brandt Snedeker 3,461.907
5. Zach Johnson 3,097.302
6. Rickie Fowler 3,089.357
7. Phil Mickelson 2,974.297
8. J.B. Holmes 2,472.617
9. Patrick Reed 2,243.155
10. Brooks Koepka 1,982.007
11. Bill Haas 2,126.745
12. Kevin Kisner 1,754.464
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 the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
You can read about the entire qualifying process here, but these 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.