Z. Johnson moves to 9th in Ryder Cup points

Zach Johnson during the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

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Zach Johnson's runner-up finish to Brian Harman at the John Deere Classic moved him into the top 9 of the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings.

Johnson, who jumped six spots from 15th, now holds the final automatic qualify spot on Tom Watson's squad. The top 9 players after the PGA Championship will be selected to the team with Watson naming three additional captain's picks in early September.

Dropping out of the top 9 was Patrick Reed, who fell to 10th. Bubba Watson held onto the top spot while Phil Mickelson is currently 11th.

Tiger Woods is 72nd, and unless he wins one of the two remaining majors, he will need a captain's pick to make the team.

Here is the current U.S. standings:

  • 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 . . . 4,689.285
  • 6. Jim Furyk . . . 4,302.834
  • 7. Rickie Fowler . . . 3,831.433
  • 8. Jason Dufner . . . 3,466.285
  • 9. Zach Johnson . . . 3,396.178
  • 10. Patrick Reed . . . 3,301.393
  • 11. Brendon Todd . . . 3,177.977
  • 12. Phil Mickelson . . . 3,095.086
  • 13. Webb Simpson . . . 3,086.070
  • 14. Chris Kirk . . . 3,038.947
  • 15. Harris English . . . 2,966.569

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As for the European squad, its nine projected automatic qualifiers remained the same. The top 4 players in European Points and the top 5 players in World Points not already qualified earn automatic spots on Paul McGinley's squad. The automatic qualifiers will be named August 31, after the Race To Dubai ends. Three additional captain's picks will be selected by McGinley shortly after.

Here are the current European and World points standings.

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 . . . 2,303,207.99
  • 5. Martin Kaymer . . . 1,953,042.41
  • 6. Ian Poulter . . . 1,905,382.94
  • 7. Rory McIlroy . . . 1,827,848.94
  • 8. Justin Rose . . . 1,778,164.11
  • 9. Joost Luiten . . . 1,564,816.83
  • 10. Miguel Angel Jimenez . . . 1,530,675.65

World Points

  • 1. Henrik Stenson . . . 343.74
  • 2. Sergio Garcia . . . 267.40
  • 3. Rory McIlroy . . . 258.26
  • 4. Justin Rose . . . 255.73
  • 5. Martin Kaymer . . . 244.37
  • 6. Thomas Bjorn . . . 189.02
  • 7. Victor Dubuisson . . . 172.97
  • 8. Jamie Donaldson . . . 162.23
  • 9. Luke Donald . . . 160.94
  • 10. Ian Poulter . . . 147.43
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