With the news of Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn teeing off from the Eiffel Tower to mark the one-year countdown to the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, let’s take a look at where the U.S. team stands with only next week’s WGC HSBC Champions offering points until next year.
For the 2017 season, only Major Championships, World Golf Championships, and THE PLAYERS offered Ryder Cup points. So it’s no surprise that the three American major champions are on the top of the standings.
U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka holds the top spot with over 3,000 points. In the eight (8) points-awarding tournaments, the Florida State alum finished outside the top 20 just once.
British Open winner Jordan Spieth and PGA Champion Justin Thomas are in the next two positions, respectively.
British Open runner-up Matt Kuchar, who also finished T4 at the Masters and T9 at the PGA, is in fourth place. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, winner of the first two World Golf Championships, rounds out the top 5.
2018 US RYDER CUP STANDINGS
(as at Oct 15, 2017)
1. Brooks Koepka 3,064.825
2. Justin Thomas 2,509.723
3. Jordan Spieth 2,365.412
4. Matt Kuchar 2,097.466
5. Dustin Johnson 1,999.906
6. Rickie Fowler 1,286.936
7. Brian Harman 1,247.852
8. Patrick Reed 1,118.286
9. Bill Haas 904.397
10. Charley Hoffman 890.708
11. Zach Johnson 877.254
12. Kevin Chappell 651.087
13. Ryan Moore 591.809
14. Xander Schauffele 586.584
15. Kevin Kisner 581.316
16. Brendan Steele 557.376
17. Brandt Snedeker 510.111
18. J.B. Holmes 490.726
19. Russell Henley 429.473
20. Steve Stricker 424.845
HOW POINTS ARE AWARDED
The United States points system determines the top eight players for the 2018 United States Ryder Cup team from January 1, 2017 to the conclusion of the 2018 Northern Trust.
In addition, captain Jim Furyk will select four players to complete the United States team.
Points are based upon the following:
1 point for every $1,000 earned in the four 2017 Major Championships (Masters Tournament, US Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship).
1 point for every $2,000 earned in the four 2017 WGCs (Mexico Championship, Dell Match Play, Bridgestone Invitational, and HSBC Champions) and THE PLAYERS Championship.
1 point for every $1,000 earned in “official” PGA Tour events from the 2018 Tournament of Champions through to the Northern Trust, excluding opposite field events.
2 points for every $1,000 earned in the four 2018 Major Championships (Masters Tournament, US Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship).