Ryder Cup Standings, Post-Masters
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/14/14
The first of the four men's professional major championships is in the books, but we still have three more to go. Still, a quick peek at the points standings is completely harmless, along with a little speculation from you oobers about how the "race to the Ryder Cup" might shake out.
Team USAFor comparison purposes, the player who finished 9th in the points standings in September of 2012, Hunter Mahan, made the team with 4,082 points.
Bubba Watson has clearly made the team; his 6,258 points have come not only by virtue of winning The Masters on Sunday, but also the PGA Tour's annual Los Angeles stop at Riviera back in February. Among those acknowledging Watson's spot on the American squad is the captain:
The other American who has seemingly locked up a spot on his own merits is Jimmy Walker, who has won three times since the wrap-around PGA Tour season began in October. Walker won the Frys.com Open at CordeValle in California, the Sony Open in Hawaii, and at Pebble Beach in February. Walker ended Sunday with 4,459 points, boosted by a T-8 finish at Augusta National.
Team EuropeThe process for European Ryder Cup team slots involves two sets of points: One for the top five on the European points list, then five more players on the worldwide competition list who have not already qualified on the European list.
Based on those numbers, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson and Jamie Donaldson appear to be locks based on the European points list. Donaldson tied for 14th at The Masters, while Dubuisson missed the cut. Over on the World points list, Sweden's Henrik Stenson should be a lock, not merely on points, but also by virtue of having won both the European Order of Merit at the the FedEx Cup last fall. Like Donaldson, Stenson finished T-14 at Augusta. At the rate he is going, Sergio García should also qualify for the team; the Spaniard won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in January, although he missed the cut at Augusta.
Sweden's Jonas Blixt is still short of a locked position on Team Europe, but he won at the Greenbrier last summer and tied for second at The Masters with Jordan Spieth on Sunday. It would be rather amazing if either Blixt or Spieth was not lined up at Gleneagles in September.
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It will be nice to see bubba and his dad play for the Ryder truck rental cup.
Walker isn't a lock quite yet because of the wrap-around season - more points to be earned.
Interesting, but Bubba loves the Ryder Cup and his three best major performances have been 2010, 2012, 2014 - all Ryder years.
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