2021 U.S. Ryder Cup Standings: Morikawa Now No. 1, Spieth Cracks Top 8

Jordan Spieth 149th Open Championship Royal St Georges
Jordan Spieth of reacts on the green of the 14th hole during Day Four of The 149th Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club on July 18, 2021 in Sandwich, England. (Photo by Oisin Keniry via Getty Images)

With his win at The Open Championship – his second major in 11 months, Collin Morikawa zoomed to the top of the U.S. Ryder Cup standings.

It marks the first time in 48 weeks, that a new No. 1 reigns atop the standings.

“We only get four majors a year, and every single one of them is very special,” said Morikawa, who was making just his eighth major championship start.

“To finally get to play an Open Championship for the first time and win it, it’s going to be that much more special… To be a part of that history, it’s awesome. To hear Champion Golfer of the Year, chills.”

The 24-year-old Cal Berkeley product becomes the first player to win two major championships in less than 10 starts, and the first to win twice in a debut.

Morikawa has unseated Dustin Johnson, who moves to second, with Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele rounding out the top 6, respectively.

Just outside the automatic qualifying top 6 spots was Jordan Spieth, who finished solo second at Royal St George’s, in what has been a resurgent 2021, to move up four spots to 7th (from 11th).

Patrick Reed, Harris English and Patrick Cantlay rounded out the top 10, in that order.

U.S. Ryder Cup Standings

Rank-Player-Points (Last Wk)
1. Collin Morikawa – 18,720 (2)
2. Dustin Johnson – 17,233 (1)
3. Bryson Dechambeau – 15,347 (2)
4. Brooks Koepka – 15,139 (4)
5. Justin Thomas – 14,394 (5)
6. Xander Schauffele – 12,403 (6)
7. Jordan Spieth – 12,079 (11)
8. Patrick Reed – 10,765 (7)
9. Harris English – 10,650 (8)
10. Patrick Cantlay – 10,363 (9)
11. Daniel Berger – 10,194 (12)
12. Tony Finau – 9,986 (10)
13. Webb Simpson – 8,963 (13)
14. Scottie Scheffler – 8,849 (14)
15. Jason Kokrak – 7,991 (15)

Thru The Open Championship, 7/19/21


2021 Ryder Cup Update

The 43rd Ryder Cup, originally set for the fall of 2020, was reschedule due to the COVID-19 scare. The new date is Sept. 21-26, 2021 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

The points system for the U.S. team will decide the top six players with Captain Steve Stricker choosing the final six. (Previously it was eight via points, and four captain’s picks.)

Stricker will announced his at-large selections following the 2021 TOUR Championship at East Lake.

How the Ryder Cup Points are awarded:
  • 2019 Major Championships
  • 1 Point per $1,000 earned
  • The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open & The Open
  • 2019 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-FedEx St. Jude Invitational; WGC-HSBC Champions
  • 2020 Regular PGA Tour events
  • 1 Point per $1,000 earned
  • Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, through the Mayakoba Golf Classic (Dec. 3-6)
  • 2020 Opposite Field PGA TOUR events will NOT receive points
  • 2020 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
  • PGA Championship, U.S. Open, Masters only
  • 2021 Regular PGA Tour events
  • 1.5 Points per $1,000 earned
  • Beginning January 10, 2021 (Sentry Tournament of Champions), through the end of the second FedEx Cup Playoff (BMW Championship); including The Players Championship and WGC events
  • 2020/21 Opposite Field PGA TOUR events will NOT receive points
  • 2021 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
  • Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open, Open Championship

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