Ryder Cup Report: 5 Players Qualify, Snedeker Makes Move


Brandt Snedeker made the biggest move for a Ryder Cup spot with a T3 finish at the Wyndham Championship. The performance moved the 2012 Ryder Cup member from the 9th spot to the 6th spot. J.B. Holmes, who missed the cut, is now on the outside looking in, moving from 7th to 9th. Only the Top 8 automatically qualify, with 4 additional Captain’s picks.

The Top 5 on the current list are now guaranteed to qualify.

This includes:

1. Dustin Johnson and 2. Jordan Spieth

3. Phil Mickelson

4. Jimmy Walker

5. Brooks Koepka

The final three on the list of Top 8 are Snedeker at number 6, Zach Johnson in the 7th position, and Patrick Reed, who finished T22 at Greensboro, in the No. 8 spot.

A win at this week’s The Barclays, for an American, is worth 1,530 Ryder Cup points. This means that any player from Holmes to (realistically) Bill Haas at number 14 (3,239 points) can jump into the Top 8 with a win at Bethpage Black.

Additionally, if a player within the Top 20 (or so) were to win The Barclays, and still not automatically qualify, but end up in the Top 12, they would almost be assured of a captain’s pick. (How do you not pick someone in the Top 12 who just won the first playoff tournament?).

Even a player like Ryan Moore, currently at No. 23, could almost guarantee himself a spot with a win at The Barclays. With a victory at Bethpage, Moore would have 4,142 – good for about 10th place. Couple that with the fact that he’d have won two of the last 3 PGA Tour events, including a playoff tournament.

Estimated Points for Finish This Week

1st Place: 1,530
2nd Place: 900
3rd Place: 565
4th Place: 375
5th Place: 280

Ryder Cup Top 30

1Dustin Johnson11860.361
2Jordan Spieth11179.143
3Phil Mickelson5764.936
4Jimmy Walker5337.662
5Brooks Koepka4873.63
6Brandt Snedeker4410.915
7Zach Johnson4337.973
8Patrick Reed4180.371
9J.B. Holmes4149.716
10Bubba Watson4055.311
11Matt Kuchar4017.455
12Rickie Fowler3814.612
13Scott Piercy3284.119
14Bill Haas3239.755
15Jim Furyk3003.102
16Daniel Berger2999.043
17William McGirt2959.897
18Kevin Chappell2888.237
19Jason Dufner2875.185
20Kevin Na2852.662
21Daniel Summerhays2772.658
22Charley Hoffman2718.61
23Ryan Moore2612.276
24Kevin Kisner2558.923
25Justin Thomas2255.605
26Webb Simpson2061.065
27Harris English2058.948
28Billy Horschel2023.676
29Steve Stricker1955.562
30Gary Woodland1901.911

Important Dates for Ryder Cup Selections.

Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016: The top eight automatically qualify at the conclusion of The Barclays.

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016: Davis Love will announce three of his four captain picks at the end of the BMW Championship.

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016: The final captain’s selection is made at the conclusion of the Tour Championship.


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