With his runner-up finish at The Players Championship, Kevin Chappell jumped 16 places in the most recent U.S. Team Ryder Cup points standings. Chappell is now 10th, just over 600 points behind the eighth and final automatic qualifying spot, currently held by Patrick Reed.
The top nine positions stayed static this week, despite points leader Jordan Spieth missing the cut at TPC Sawgrass. However, Chappell's big leap jumbled the standings for those trying to chase down Reed. Charley Hoffman dropped to 11th, followed by Brooks Koepka and Bill Haas. Matt Kuchar, who wound up in a tie for third last week, switched positions with Jason Dufner. They're followed by Kevin Kisner.
Two other players made major gains this week after strong finishes in Ponte Vedra Beach. Colt Knost jumped from 66th to 37th and Ken Duke went from 128th to 59th on the strength of a pair of top-three finishes.
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.