Jordan Spieth moves up to No. 2 in 2018 Ryder Cup USA points standing with Open win
Jordan Spieth claimed his third major title on Sunday, winning the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. With the victory, the 23-year-old Spieth -- who turns 24 on July 27 -- joined Jack Nicklaus as just the second player in history to claim three legs of a career grand slam before the age of 24.
Also with the win -- his second in as many starts -- the two-time Ryder Cup USA veteran also shot up from No. 14 to No. 2 in the latest 2018 Ryder Cup USA points standings.
U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka still has the top spot, while Open runner-up Matt Kuchar moved from No. 5 to No. 3. Dustin Johnson (previously No. 2) at No. 4 and Brian Harman at No. 5 (previously 3) round out the top 5.
Spieth and Charley Hoffman, who finished T20 at Birkdale, were the only players to move into the top 10 based on their respective Open performance.
At next month's PGA Championship in Charlotte at Quail Hollow, Spieth will have the opportunity to complete the career grand slam.
The next point-getting opportunity for 2017 comes August 3-6 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Here is the current top 12 (and ties):
1. Brooks Koepka, 2,857.075
2. Jordan Spieth, 2,239.462
3. Matt Kuchar, 1,799.716
4. Dustin Johnson, 1,792.156
5. Brian Harman, 1,062.227
6. Bill Haas, 847.522
7. Rickie Fowler, 805.437
8. Justin Thomas, 582.942
9. Charley Hoffman, 578.809
10. Kevin Chappell, 542.337
11. Xander Shauffele, 524.834
12. Brendan Steele, 516.376
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.
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)