Jason Dufner

Jason Dufner's second-place finish at Colonial marked his fourth top-10 this season.

Dufner makes Ryder Cup jump with runner-up finish

In what has been an otherwise so-so year for 2013 PGA Champion Jason Dufner, Sunday's performance at Colonial in the Crowne Plaza Invitational was a sign that things are headed in the right direction.

Sure, Dufner would have rather been on the winning end of that playoff with World No. 1 Adam Scott, but giving yourself a chance to win on Sunday is what it's all about. That's the position Dufner put himself in this past weekend.

For the runner-up effort -- his fourth top-10 this season -- Dufner moved up three spots in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings from No. 10 to No. 7.

2014 RYDER CUP: U.S. Points Standings | How points are earned | Team Europe 

Here's a look at the current top 12 (remember, the top nine after the PGA Championship in August automatically qualify, while U.S. Captain Tom Watson will fill out the team with three captain's picks):

1. Bubba Watson
2. Jimmy Walker
3. Matt Kuchar
4. Jordan Spieth
5. Dustin Johnson
6. Jim Furyk
7. Jason Dufner
8. Patrick Reed
9. Phil Mickelson

10. Zach Johnson
11. Harris English
12. Chris Kirk

Dufner was the only player inside the top 10 last week to make a move up.

Riding the momentum from his win at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Brendon Todd tied for fifth at Colonial to move from No. 19 to No. 14 in the standings.

This week the PGA Tour is in Dublin, Ohio, for the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village -- the home of Jack Nicklaus.