• Race for US Ryder Cup spots takes shape

    Brooks Koepka on Ryder Cup squad
    Brooks leads the pack

    Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed have booked their place on the Ryder Cup USA Team with just two events to play ahead of September’s showpiece event.

    The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship at Bellerive are the two final tournaments for players to earn Ryder Cup USA points with Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler looking like they have done enough to secure an automatic place.

    The bubble player is Webb Simpson with a large group chasing him as the eighth and final qualifier.

    The gap between Simpson at No. 8 and Bryson DeChambeau at No. 9 is roughly 40 points but a number of golfers have the opportunity to jump into the top eight with a strong August. Watson, who is currently in fifth in the standings, has just over 5,500 points, meaning a golfer who gets hot next month could almost match Watson’s current point total in the span of two weeks.

    Seven golfers – DeCheambeau, Phil Mickelson, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner, Tony Finau and Brian Harman – are within roughly 1,000 points of Simpson and the No. 8 spot in the standings.

     

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