Ryder Cup points update: Jim Furyk makes major move at Oakmont
Dustin Johnson's win at the U.S. Open on Sunday -- his first in a major -- came with a boatload of U.S. Ryder Cup points. Johnson stayed at the No. 2 spot this week, but pulled closer to No. 1 Jordan Spieth and also ran away from those behind him in the latest standings.
There was some shuffling in the top 12, but no one who was previously out got in at Oakmont. Brooks Koepka moved from No. 6 to No. 3 with a T13. With his best ever finish in a U.S. Open -- a tie for eighth -- Zach Johnson improved from No. 9 to No. 5.
The two biggest movers last week were Scott Piercy and Ryder Cup USA Vice Captain Jim Furyk. Both players tied for second at Oakmont. Piercy climbed from No. 53 to No. 18, while Furyk -- a Ryder Cup regular since 1997 -- soared from No. 50 to 17.
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 Ryder Cup USA.
Here 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.