Monday, February 26, 2018

Thomas edges near top of U.S. Ryder Cup standings

As his flurry of victories continued at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas inched closer to the top spot in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings.
Thomas edged Luke List in a one-hole play-off to win at PGA National, his seventh win in his last 31 official starts. His Ryder Cup point total after the victory now stands at 4,163, only 36 points behind world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Players earn one point per dollar in tournaments this year, with 1.5 points per dollar in majors and two points per dollar to winners of majors.
Days after being named one of Furyk's vice captains, Tiger Woods moved to 76th in the American points race with a 12th-place finish at PGA National. The top eight U.S. players after the PGA Championship will qualify automatically for the Europe v United States match in Paris, with captain Jim Furyk rounding out the roster with four picks in September.
Here's a look at the current U.S. standings:
1. Dustin Johnson
2. Justin Thomas
3. Brooks Koepka
4. Jordan Spieth
5. Matt Kuchar
6. Brian Harman
7. Gary Woodland
8. Rickie Fowler
9. Chez Reavie
10. Bubba Watson
11. Phil Mickelson
12. Patrick Reed
The European team will be decided off of two lists, with the top four players from the European Points qualifying along with the top four via World Points. Thomas Bjorn will then add four captain's picks. Here's a look at the current European standings:
European Points
1. Justin Rose
2. Tyrrell Hatton
3. Ross Fisher
4. Matthew Fitzpatrick
World Points
1. Jon Rahm
2. Tommy Fleetwood
3. Sergio Garcia
4. Alex Noren
5. Rory McIlroy
6. Eddie Pepperell
7. Chris Paisley
8. Paul Dunne



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