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Credit: Zach Johnson finished 11-under par at the GWC Bridgestone Invitational.

Zach Johnson rises 10 spots in 2018 Ryder Cup USA points standings after solid outing

Zach Johnson may not have won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as he’d hoped, but his strong showing was still valuable.

Johnson rose 10 spots, all the way to No. 9, in the latest Ryder Cup points update. ZJ finished second in Akron – he was tied for lead going into Sunday before Hideki Matsuyama caught fire in the final round and tied a course record.

U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka still owns the top spot; in fact, the whole top five remains the same as it was last week. There was some shuffling after that, as Rickie Fowler and Bill Haas switched spots, Charley Hoffman moved into the top eight, and Kevin Chappell vaulted to No. 10. Johnson and Chappell are the only new members of this week’s top 10.

The next point-getting opportunity for 2017 comes August 10-13 at the PGA Championship.

Here is the current top 12 (and ties):

1. Brooks Koepka, 2,904.825
2. Jordan Spieth, 2,301.212
3. Matt Kuchar, 1,847.466
4. Dustin Johnson, 1,839.906
5. Brian Harman, 1,087.852
6. Rickie Fowler, 898.437
7. Bill Haas, 805.437
8. Charley Hoffman,
864.809
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9. Zach Johnson, 851.354
10. Justin Thomas, 619.723
11. Kevin Chappell, 604.087
12. Xander Schauffle, 586.584

The points process for the American team will conclude on August 12, 2018, following the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, with the top eight players on the points list securing spots on the U.S. Team.

The four remaining slots on the U.S. Team will be Captain's Selections. Three selections will be announced by Captain Furyk following the Dell Technologies Championship scheduled to be completed on September 3, 2018, and the final selection will be announced after the BMW Championship, which is slated to be completed on September 9, 2018. 

Here's a look at the point-getting events and how the 12-player team will be picked: 

2017 Major Championships: 

  • 1 Point per $1,000 earned (The Masters; U.S. Open; Open Championship; PGA Championship)

2017 WGC Events and The Players Championship:

  • 1 point per $2,000 earned (WGC-Mexico Championship; WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship; The Players Championship; WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; WGC-HSBC Champions)

2018 Regular PGA Tour events:

  • 1 point per $1,000 earned (Beginning January 1, 2018, through the PGA Championship, August 12, 2018; includes the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event and WGC events)

2018 Opposite Field PGA TOUR events will NOT receive points

2018 Major Championships: 

  • 2 Points per $1,000 earned for the Winner; 1.5 Points per $1,000 earned for all others to make the cut (The Masters; U.S. Open; Open Championship; PGA Championship)
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