Ryder Cup points update: Bill Haas moves into top 10
It was a not-too-surprising quiet week in the U.S. Ryder Cup points race at the RBC Heritage, as many of the players high in the standings took a week off after the pressure cooker that is the Masters.
Just one player in the top 12 improved his positon from a week ago. That was Bill Haas.
Haas tied for 14th at Hilton Head to snag the No. 10 spot in the latest standings, sliding one spot up from last week.
There wasn't much movement outside the top 12, either. Kevin Na was the biggest point-gainer. With a tie for fourth at Hilton Head, Na went from No. 19 to No. 15.
Here's a look at the top 12 following the 2016 RBC Heritage (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 8,872.840
2. Dustin Johnson 4,809.848
3. Bubba Watson 3,658.078
4. Brandt Snedeker 3,461.907
5. Zach Johnson 3,097.302
6. Rickie Fowler 3,089.357
7. Phil Mickelson 2,974.297
8. J.B. Holmes 2,472.617
9. Patrick Reed 2,243.155
10. Bill Haas 2,126.745
11. Brooks Koepka 2,214.007
12. Kevin Kisner 1,754.464
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.