Watson replaces Walker as No. 1 in Ryder Cup standings

Bubba Watson’s second Masters victory vaulted him to first in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings.

Watson replaced Jimmy Walker in the top spot, running his point total to 6,258.984. Walker, a three-time winner this season on PGA Tour, is second with 4,459.071 points.

Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Phil Mickelson and Harris English also are in the top nine. Zach Johnson is 10th, less than 100 points behind English.

Nine players automatically qualify for the U.S. team while three more players will be selected by U.S. captain Tom Watson. Tiger Woods is 45th in the standings.

As for the European side, Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson, Thomas Bjorn and Henrik Stenson are the four players who would qualify via European Points if the teams were selected today; Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Jamie Donaldson, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose would earn spots via World Points.

The top four players in European Points and the top five players in World Points not already eligible qualify for the European team. Like the U.S., the Europeans will have three captain’s picks.

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