Rickie Fowler has moved up to fourth in the latest US standings for the Ryder Cup 2016 following his top six finish in the Honda Classic at the weekend. Fowler has moved back ahead of Zach Johnson and last week’s PGA Tour Northern Trust Open champion Bubba Watson with a 2,658 points total.
There is now just over six months to go until the prestigious event at the Hazeltine National Golf Club and there currently a number of big names occupying the top eight qualifying positions including three-time US Masters golf champion Phil Mickelson, last year’s major sensation, Jordan Spieth and eight-time PGA tour winner Brandt Snedeker.
Spieth is still the runaway leader with more than twice as many points as his nearest challenger, Dustin Johnson. The 22-year-old’s superb performances in the US Masters, US Open and British Open last year have all but confirmed his participation in the 2016 Ryder Cup. Johnson is also well positioned with a near 300 point advantage over Snedeker, who is currently third in the standings.
Fowler (2,658) is next on the list while current British Open champion Zach Johnson (2,630), Bubba Watson (2,465), Phil Mickelson (2,417) and Patrick Reed (1,612) round out the top eight. Meanwhile, Brooks Koepka, J.B. Holmes, Kevin Kisner and Jason Dufner are all in top twelve and are still in with a great chance of making the team. US captain Davis Love III will also select four of his own ‘picks’ to complete the lineup later this year.
On the European side, Sergio Garcia has moved into an automatic qualifying spot following his runner up finish in Florida at the weekend. Rory McIlroy still leads the European Points list ahead of Andy Sullivan, Danny Willett and Matthew Fitzpatrick, while Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Thorbjorn Olesen, Garcia and Pieters top the World Points List.