Furyk moves up in U.S. standings for second consecutive week
Jim Furyk, for the second consecutive week, finished alone in second place on the PGA Tour and cracked the top 5 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings.
With a sensational score of 6-under 66 on Sunday at the Players Championship, Furyk finished one shot behind the champion, Martin Kaymer, and moved two spots from No. 7 to No. 5 in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings.
The second-place finish -- a week after Furyk did the same thing at the Wells Fargo Championship -- was Furyk's fifth top-10 of the season and his fourth in five starts.
Jimmy Walker, meanwhile, turned in another stellar performance with a tie for sixth at the Players thanks to a best-of-the-day-tying round of 7-under 65 on Sunday to tie for sixth in the tournament and firmly maintain his No. 2 position in the standings.
With a tie for fourth in his first Players Championship, Jordan Spieth moved up one spot this week to No. 4.
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. Jim Furyk
6. Dustin Johnson
7. Patrick Reed
8. Phil Mickelson
9. Zach Johnson
10. Jason Dufner
11. Harris English
12. Chris Kirk
Dustin Johnson tied for 59th at the Players to fall out of the top 5 in this week's standings, down to No. 6. Though he had a promising opening-round, 4-under 68, this was Johnson's worst outing of the season behind only a missed cut at the Masters.
Gary Woodland was the only player previously outside the top 20 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings (No. 22) to crack that number this week moving to No. 18 after a tie for 11th at TPC Sawgrass.
This week the PGA Tour is in Irving, Texas, for the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Walker, Matt Kuchar and Spieth are all scheduled to play.
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