Sept. 21-26, 2021 Whistling Straits, Kohler, WI
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After carding a final round 68 (-4) and near perfect tee-to-green performance, Justin Thomas wins THE PLAYERS Championship by one-shot over Lee Westwood.

Thomas began the final round in the penultimate group with Westwood three shots ahead. After a lackluster front nine 36, Thomas started the back nine with a 5-under birdie-eagle-birdie run on holes 10-12. Thomas needed to close strong and that's exactly what he did; finishing Pete Dye's famous 16-18 stretch in 1-under.

The win was Thomas' first PLAYERS Championship and his 14th career PGA TOUR victory. For the effort, Justin moves up three spots to 3rd in the Team USA Ryder Cup rankings. Despite a less than ideal final round, Bryson DeChambeau's final round 71 (-1) and T3 finish kept him firmly in the second spot.

Here's a look at the Top 12 in the Ryder Cup standings after THE PLAYERS Championship.

RankName (Previous Rank)
1Dustin Johnson (1)
2Bryson DeChambeau (2)
3Justin Thomas (6)
4Brooks Koepka (3)
5Collin Morikawa (4)
6Xander Schauffele (5)
7Patrick Reed (8)
8Tony Finau (7)
9Daniel Berger (10)
10Webb Simpson (9)
11Patrick Cantlay (11)
12Harris English (12)

For a full list of the Top 100 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, click here. The points system for this year's American team will include the top six point earners securing spots and the remaining six will be selected by Captain Stricker following the 2021 TOUR Championship.

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