Patrick Reed catapults to No. 1 in USA standings after Masters win
The major championships present the best chance for volatility in the Ryder Cup USA standings with double points awarded to the winner and 1.5 points awarded to everyone else.
Because of that, the Masters did not disappoint.
The final seven pairings that teed off on Sunday included 11 potential Ryder Cuppers in Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.
Patrick Reed won the green jacket on Sunday -- his first major victory -- and soared from No. 9 to No. 1 in the Ryder Cup USA standings as a result.
That knocked Justin Thomas down one spot to No. 2, put Dustin Johnson at No. 3, Jordan Spieth at No. 4 and Bubba Watson at No. 5.
With a runner-up finish at Augusta National, Rickie Fowler moved up from No. 10 a week ago to No. 6. Brooks Koepka (7) and Phil Mickelson (8) round out the top eight.
Charley Hoffman's final-round, 5-under 67 posted him into a T12 at the Masters and moved him from 22nd to 15th in the latest standings.
U.S. players will continue to gain points in 2018 at every non-opposite PGA Tour event, WGC and major through the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive, concluding on August 12, 2018.
At that time, Captain Jim Furyk will have his first eight players -- automatic qualifiers.
The four remaining slots on the U.S. Team will be Captain's Selections. Three selections will be announced by Captain Jim Furyk following the Dell Technologies Championship scheduled to be completed on Sept. 3, 2018, and the final selection will be announced after the BMW Championship, which is slated to be completed on Sept. 9, 2018.