There’s no doubt about the story of the week, with all eyes on Rory McIlroy after the four-time Major winner sealed his first title in 18 months at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
With his victory at Bay Hill the Northern Irishman returned to the top ten in the Official World Golf Ranking and also moved into fifth place on the Ryder Cup World Points List to break into the projected European Team, alongside Spanish pair of Sergio Garcia and John Rahm and England’s Tommy Fleetwood.
They join the top four players on the European Points List who are currently in prime position to secure spots on Captain Thomas Bjørn’s team and, interestingly, all hail from England – Tyrrell Hatton, Justin Rose, Ross Fisher and Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Rose has consolidated his place in projected team with his third place finish in Florida. Currently sitting in second position in the European Points List and at the top of the World Points List, the 37 year old is on course to make his fifth appearance in The Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in September.
With his second place finish last week Sweden’s Henrik Stenson moved up five places from 17th to 12th position on the World Points List.
There is potential for more big moves this week, with significant ranking points up for grabs at the WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas. That could be good news for three players in the field at Austin Country Club who are on the fringes of the projected team - Englishman Paul Casey, who last week sealed his first victory since 2014 at the Valspar Championship, Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello and Alex Noren of Sweden.
The top four from both points list at the conclusion of the Made in Denmark tournament on September 2, 2018 will seal their places on Bjorn’s 12-player team. The Captain will then select four wildcard picks.