Patrick Reed's Ryder Cup stock rising with latest win
Patrick Reed's stock -- and standing in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup points list -- is on the rise.
With his victory at Trump National Doral in the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Sunday, the 23-year-old Reed became the youngest player to win a World Golf Championships event. It was Reed's third win in the last 14 months, making him one of only five players to have earned three Tour wins by the ago of 24, joining Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.
The latest triumph by Reed also propelled him to No. 4 in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings, jumping nine spots from No. 13.
Bubba Watson's tie for second at Doral helped him move four spots from No. 7 to No. 3.
Here's a look at the current top 12 (remember, the top 9 after the PGA Championship in August automatically qualify, while U.S. Captain Tom Watson fills out the team with three captain's picks):
1. Jimmy Walker
2. Dustin Johnson
3. Bubba Watson
4. Patrick Reed
5. Jason Dufner
6. Phil Mickelson
7. Harris English
8. Zach Johnson
9. Webb Simpson
10. Ryan Moore
11. Chris Kirk
12. Kevin Stadler
Hunter Mahan was the only other player in the top 20 to start the week who improved his standing. He moved from No. 19 to No. 15 thanks to his tie for ninth at Doral.
Phil Mickelson, previously No. 3, dropped to No. 6 with a tie for 16th in the Cadillac Championship. Harris English fell from No. 4 to No. 7. He also tied for 16th at Doral.
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, is still struggling to snag points. He tied for 25th at Doral after a final-round 78 in which he again battled back spasms. Tiger's first top-25 finish of the season did help him move up at least a few spots though. This week, he's up four spots from No. 39 to No. 35.
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