Spieth expands commanding points lead with win at Colonial
With his second PGA Tour win of 2016 at Colonial on Sunday, Jordan Spieth increased his ever commanding lead in the latest Ryder Cup USA points standings.
The top seven players remained the same after Colonial. After that, however, there was a little flip-flopping, though no one moved into the top-12 that wasn't there previously.
Zach Johnson tied for 17th at Colonial to go from No. 7 to No. 6, while Patrick Reed moved from No. 9 to No. 8 thanks to a T15.
The week's biggest mover was Harris English. He jumped from No. 34 to No. 17 with a second-place showing at Colonial.
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.