2021 U.S. Ryder Cup Standings: Sam Burns Slides into Top 25

Sam Burns and Patrick Reed on the third green during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on Jan 31, 2021 in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Ben Jared PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

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.

Sam Burns Moves into Ryder Cup Top 25

On Sunday at Innisbrook Resort, Sam Burns claimed his maiden PGA Tour title at the Valspar Championship. The LSU alum was also the big winner in terms of Ryder Cup points as the 24-year old jumped from 37th to 24th in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings.

Two-time Ryder Cup member Keegan Bradley, who finished solo runner-up to Burns, vaulted 16 spots in the rankings, from 46th to No. 30.

Despite a T63 finish, Ryan Palmer was the only movement within the Top 20, jumping one spot, from 19 to 18.

The top three players in the standings – Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Justin Thomas – are near locks, so much of the point jockeying will be for the final three spots.

U.S. Ryder Cup Standings

Rank-Player-Points (Last Wk)
1. Dustin Johnson – 16,119 (1)
2. Bryson Dechambeau – 14,297 (2)
3. Justin Thomas – 13,879 (3)
4. Collin Morikawa – 11,349 (4)
5. Xander Schauffele – 11,076 (5)
6. Brooks Koepka – 10,877 (4)
7. Patrick Reed – 9,046 (7)
8. Tony Finau – 8,991 (8)
9. Webb Simpson – 8,626 (9)
10. Daniel Berger – 8,289 (10)
11. Jordan Spieth – 7,602 (11)
12. Billy Horschel – 7,523 (12)
13. Patrick Cantlay – 7,091 (13)
14. Harris English – 6,428 (14)
15. Scottie Scheffler – 6,176 (15)
16. Max Homa – 5,764 (16)
17. Jason Kokrak – 5,507 (17)
18. Ryan Palmer – 5,210 (19)
19. Will Zalatoris – 5,207 (18)
20. Matthew Wolff – 5,066 (20)

Thru The Valspar Championship, 5/3/21


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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