Dustin Johnson takes commanding, early lead in 2018 Ryder Cup USA points race
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is a perfect 2-for-2 when it comes to winning events in which 2018 Ryder Cup USA points are up for grabs.
Johnson backed up his victory in the WGC-Mexico Championship a few weeks back with a win in the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship over the weekend, downing Spain's Jon Rahm (a potential, future Ryder Cup foe), 1 up in the final.
U.S. players received one point for every $2,000 earned at the Match Play. Johnson nabbed 830 points for the win to extend his already incredibly commanding lead.
Bill Haas, third-place finisher in the Match Play with a victory over Japan's Hideto Tanihara in the consolation match, made the biggest move, jumping from No. 15 to No. 2 in the latest standings. Eleven-time U.S. Ryder Cupper Phil Mickelson remained at No. 3.
Will McGirt (No. 13 to No. 7), Bubba Watson (No. 17 to No. 8), Brooks Koepka (No. 21 to No. 9) and Kevin Na (No. 23 to No. 10) also moved into the top 10.
The next opportunity to collect Ryder Cup points comes March 6-9 at the Masters. Players receive one point for every $1,000 earned in the four 2017 majors.
The points process for the American team will conclude on August 12, 2018, following the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, with the top eight players on the points list securing spots on the U.S. Team.
Here is the current top 12 (and ties):
1. Dustin Johnson, 1660.00
2. Bill Haas, 374.250
3. Phil Mickelson, 254.833
4. Justin Thomas, 188.000
5. Brandt Snedeker, 152.487
6. Kevin Kisner, 123.654
7. Will McGirt, 116.813
8. Bubba Watson, 111.000
9. Brooks Koepka, 106.750
10. Kevin Na, 105.000
11. Zach Johnson, 103.250
12. Jordan Spieth, 102.625
The four remaining slots on the U.S. Team will be Captain's Selections. Three selections will be announced by Captain Furyk following the Dell Technologies Championship scheduled to be completed on September 3, 2018, and the final selection will be announced after the BMW Championship, which is slated to be completed on September 9, 2018.
Here's a look at the point-getting events and how the 12-player team will be picked:
2017 Major Championships:
- 1 Point per $1,000 earned (The Masters; U.S. Open; Open Championship; PGA Championship)
2017 WGC Events and The Players Championship:
- 1 Point per $2,000 earned (WGC-Mexico Championship; WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship; The Players Championship; WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; WGC-HSBC Champions)
2018 Regular PGA Tour events:
- 1 point per $1,000 earned (Beginning January 1, 2018, through the PGA Championship, August 12, 2018; includes the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event and WGC events)
2018 Opposite Field PGA TOUR events will NOT receive points
2018 Major Championships:
- 2 Points per $1,000 earned for the Winner; 1.5 Points per $1,000 earned for all others to make the cut (The Masters; U.S. Open; Open Championship; PGA Championship)