2021 U.S. Ryder Cup Standings: Zalatoris, Spieth, Xander Big Movers

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas Ryder Cup
Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas during the morning fourball matches of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National on Sep. 28, 2018 in Paris, France. Photo by Andrew Redington/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.

Will Zalatoris Moves into Ryder Cup Top 25; Spieth to 11th

Will Zalatoris 2021 Masters Tournament Augusta National Golf Club
Will Zalatoris lines up a putt on the tenth green during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2021 in Augusta, GA. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

While Hideki Matsuyama was an historic champion at the Masters, the big winner in terms of Ryder Cup points was Wake Forest alum Will Zalatoris. The Texas native finished one stroke behind Matsuyama in solo second, becoming the first player since 1982 to finish solo second or better in their first Masters tournament. The finish moves Zalatoris from 34th to 23rd in the latest Ryder Cup rankings.

Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele were the other top U.S. players, both finishing T3 on 7-under par.

Spieth, who won the Valero Texas Open just a week ago to jump inside the top 15, now sits at No. 11 (from 13th) in the standings, while Schauffele edged closer to locking up his first Ryder Cup spot by solidifying his advantage over Patrick Reed by more than 2,000 points.

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 – 15,896 (1)
2. Bryson Dechambeau – 14,281 (2)
3. Justin Thomas – 13,627 (3)
4. Collin Morikawa – 10,922 (5)
5. Brooks Koepka – 10,877 (4)
6. Xander Schauffele – 10,647 (6)
7. Patrick Reed – 8,873 (7)
8. Tony Finau – 8,785 (8)
9. Webb Simpson – 8,237 (10)
10. Daniel Berger – 8,093 (9)
11. Jordan Spieth – 7,268 (13)
12. Billy Horschel – 7,115 (11)
13. Patrick Cantlay – 6,997 (12)
14. Harris English – 6,369 (14)
15. Scottie Scheffler – 5,591 (15)

Thru The Masters, 4/12/21


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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