Justin Thomas takes No. 2 spot in point standings
Sunday, Justin Thomas captured his 13th career win on the PGA Tour with his victory at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Thomas won at TPC Southwind at 13-under par and three-strokes ahead Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka, Tom Lewis and Phil Mickelson. With his win on Sunday, Thomas climbed from No. 8 in the U.S. Ryder Cup point standings to No. 2 behind Brooks Koepka. The top 6 in the standings automatically qualify for the U.S. Team with Captain Steve Stricker filling out his squad with six selections. Thomas’s win is just the latest in a series of impressive performances in 2020 in which he has three victories and seven more top 10s.
Thomas made his Ryder Cup debut in 2018, going 4-1-0 for the week in Paris. He automatically qualified for the U.S. Team at No. 3 in the point standings.
Mickelson showed signs of returning to form after struggling in recent weeks. He finished T2 behind Thomas in Memphis for his second top 10 of the season. Mickelson, who had to rely on a Captain’s Selection to compete on the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup team, made a leap in the standings with his strong showing at the World Golf Championship event, moving from No. 33 to No. 21 and on to Captain Stricker’s radar ahead of the 2021 match. Mickelson has a record of 18-20-7 in his 12 Ryder Cup appearances.