Kevin Streelman leaps into Ryder Cup conversation
Sunday afternoon, a late weather delay wasn’t enough to stop Dustin Johnson’s momentum at the Travelers Championship. Johnson carded a final round 67 to win by one stroke ahead of Kevin Streelman. The 36-year-old returned to action with the PGA Tour’s return in mid-June at the Charles Schwab Challenge following the hiatus due to COVID-19. Johnson missed the cut in his return, but the major champion began rounding into form the following week at the RBC Heritage where he finished T17. He shook off the last of the rust at last week’s Travelers Championship and captured his 21st career win.
With Johnson’s victory, he moved from No. 3 to No. 2 in the Ryder Cup point standings. The four-time member of the U.S. Team has been a fixture at the top of the standings since qualifying began in 2019. During the qualifying period, Johnson has recorded two victories and eight more top 10s.
The top six in the Ryder Cup point standings, who will automatically qualify for the 2020 U.S. Team under revised criteria due to COVID-19, remains unchanged following the Travelers Championship. Streelman, who finished runner-up to Johnson made the biggest leap of the week in the point standings, moving from No. 27 to No. 15. Streelman’s second place showing is his second of the season after also finishing No. 2 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. If the two-time PGA Tour winner can rack up a few more top 10s over the closing stretch of the season, he has a shot at qualifying or earning a Captain’s Selection to compete in his first Ryder Cup.