McDowell moves closer to European Ryder Cup spot

Graeme McDowell moved to 10th in European Points after his French Open victory.
Graeme McDowell moved to 10th in European Points after his French Open victory. ( Associated Press )

Monday, July 7, 2014

Graeme McDowell's victory at the French Open moved him closer to a Ryder Cup spot as the Northern Irishman moved to 10th in European Points and 12th in World Points – he was previously 22nd and 16th, respectively.

While he's still not currently in position to grab one of nine automatic spots, McDowell would almost certainly get a look for one of three captain's picks if he remained in his current position when teams are selected at the end of August.

The top four players from European Points and the top five players from World Points who are not already eligible earn automatic spots on Paul McGinley's European squad. Right now, the automatic qualifiers would be Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson, Henrik Stenson, Thomas Bjorn, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose and Luke Donald. Ian Poulter, Joost Luiten and Miguel Angel Jimenez are the next players up on the European Points list with McDowell right behind Jimenez.

On the U.S. side, the top 9 remained the same, but Brendon Todd moved from 13th to 10th and Webb Simpson rose from 17th to 12th. Phil Mickelson dropped to 11th while Tiger Woods fell three spots to 72nd.

Here are the current standings:

U.S.

  • 1. Bubba Watson . . . 6,828.138
  • 2. Jimmy Walker . . . 5,379.505
  • 3. Dustin Johnson . . . 4,844.499
  • 4. Matt Kuchar . . . 4,716.483
  • 5. Jordan Spieth . . . 4,547.698
  • 6. Jim Furyk . . . 4,302.834
  • 7. Rickie Fowler . . . 3,831.433
  • 8. Jason Dufner . . . 3,466.285
  • 9. Patrick Reed . . . 3,301.393
  • 10. Brendon Todd . . . 3,177.977
  • 11. Phil Mickelson . . . 3,095.086
  • 12. Webb Simpson . . . 3,086.070
  • 13. Chris Kirk . . . 3,038.947
  • 14. Harris English . . . 2,957.498
  • 15. Zach Johnson . . . 2,888.578

Europe

EUROPEAN POINTS

  • 1. Victor Dubuisson . . . 2,490,346.88
  • 2. Jamie Donaldson . . . 2,395,561.25
  • 3. Henrik Stenson . . . 2,366,878.96
  • 4. Thomas Bjorn . . . 2,264,081.94
  • 5. Martin Kaymer . . . 1,953,042.41
  • 6. Ian Poulter . . . 1,905,382.94
  • 7. Rory McIlroy . . . 1,771,417.14
  • 8. Joost Luiten . . . 1,550,520.78
  • 9. Miguel Angel Jimenez . . . 1,504,340.81
  • 10. Graeme McDowell . . . 1,381,140.15

WORLD POINTS

  • 1. Henrik Stenson . . . 343.74
  • 2. Sergio Garcia . . . 267.40
  • 3. Rory McIlroy . . . 253.19
  • 4. Martin Kaymer . . . 244.37
  • 5. Justin Rose . . . 203.73
  • 6. Thomas Bjorn . . . 186.21
  • 7. Victor Dubuisson . . . 172.97
  • 8. Jamie Donaldson . . . 162.23
  • 9. Luke Donald . . . 156.78
  • 10. Ian Poulter . . . 147.43