Michael Thompson makes Ryder Cup moves in Minnesota
Seven years after capturing his first victory on the PGA Tour, Michael Thompson returned to the winner’s circle on Sunday. The 2011 PGA Tour rookie captured his second career victory at the 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota where he won by two strokes ahead of Adam Long.
With his win, Thompson jumped from No. 86 to No. 22 in the Ryder Cup point standings. It was his fifth top 10 finish of the qualifying period and moves him closer to the conversation as he looks to catch Captain Steve Stricker’s attention in vying for one of his six captain’s selections for the 2020 squad. Thompson is looking to compete on his first Ryder Cup team, having previously competed in the 2008 Palmer Cup.
Long, who finished runner-up to Thompson at the 3M Open, jumped from No. 51 to No. 29 in the standings as he recorded his third top 10 finish of the season. Richy Werenski recorded his second top 5 of the season with his T3 at the 3M Open, lifting him from No. 88 to No. 62 in the Ryder Cup point standings. Both Long and Werenski are looking to qualify for their first U.S. Ryder Cup team.
The top 6 in the Ryder Cup point standings, who will earn an automatic qualifying spot on the U.S. Team, remains unchanged through the 3M Open. Click here for the current standings.