Bubba Watson vaults into top 10 on U.S. Ryder Cup points list
After knocking on victory's door more than a handful of times since his signature win at the 2012 Masters, Bubba Watson finally broke through Sunday at the Northern Trust Open.
And as a result, the big-hitting Watson finds himself knocking on the door of an automatic spot on the 2014 United States Ryder Cup team.
Two weeks after carding a pair of frustrating late bogeys to lose the Phoenix Open, Watson was near-flawless in posting a final-round, 7-under 64 at Riviera to win his fifth PGA Tour title and jump into the top 10 on the Team USA Points Standings.
Now with 2,117.984 points, Watson jumped from 22nd place into the seventh spot, less than 90 points behind Zach Johnson, who did not compete at Riviera.
Like Watson, Dustin Johnson is off to a blistering start to his 2014 season. Johnson finished second for the second straight week -- he's finished no worse than 18th in his last six events -- but as a consolation prize also solidified his second-place position on the U.S. points list.
Here’s a quick look at the current top 12:
1. Jimmy Walker (3,686.680)
2. Dustin Johnson (3,316.812)
3. Phil Mickelson (2,446.755)
4. Harris English (2,281.140)
5. Jason Dufner (2,275.148)
6. Zach Johnson (2,196.277)
7. Bubba Watson (2,117.984)
8. Webb Simpson (1,996.097)
9. Ryan Moore (1,986.201)
10. Chris Kirk (1,819.570)
11. Kevin Stadler (1,569.152)
12. Patrick Reed (1,334.152)
Among those who also improved their respective place on the U.S. points standings list were Jordan Spieth, who jumped from 14th to 13th; Jim Furyk (20th to 19th); Charley Hoffman (26th to 22nd); Will MacKenzie (29th to 28th); Keegan Bradley (32nd to 30th) and Bryce Molder (54th to 39th).
This week, the PGA Tour heads to Marana, Ariz., for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain.