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Photo Credit: A top-10 finish at PGA National boosted Rickie Fowler up a spot in the U.S. standings heading into March.

While the same players occupied the top 12 spots in this week's U.S. Ryder Cup standings, the Honda Classic provided one big change. Rickie Fowler leapfrogged Zach Johnson and Bubba Watson with his tie for sixth at PGA National, moving from sixth to fourth.

Otherwise, it's still Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker holding down the top three positions heading into this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.


Here's a look at the top 12 following the 2016 Honda Classic (remember, the top eight qualify on points, while U.S. Captain Davis Love III will round out the team with his four Captain's Picks):

1. Jordan Spieth 6,646.464
2. Dustin Johnson 3,110.782
3. Brandt Snedeker 2,820.162
4. Rickie Fowler 2,658.857
5. Zach Johnson 2,630.802
6. Bubba Watson 2,465.078
7. Phil Mickelson 2,417.637
8. Patrick Reed 1,612.234

9. Brooks Koepka 1,601.007
10. J.B. Holmes 1,520.451
11. Kevin Kisner 1,499.964
12. Jason Dufner 1,479.523

Since the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minn., will be played in an Olympic year (with golf included in the Games for the first time since 1904), there have been some adjustments made to the qualifying calendar for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

You can read about the entire qualifying process here, but these are the key qualifying dates:

- Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016: The top eight will be finalized at the conclusion of The Barclays, which is scheduled to finish on this date, as opposed to the traditional closing of points at the conclusion of the PGA Championship, which will be played in July instead of August in 2016 due to the Olympics. It also affords players an additional two weeks from past years to earn a spot on points.

- Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016: Love will select three of his four Captain's Picks at the conclusion of the BMW Championship, scheduled to end on this day.

- Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016: Love will make his fourth and final Captain's Pick at the conclusion of the Tour Championship, scheduled to end on this day.

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