Bradley misses opportunity for Ryder Cup move


Keegan Bradley's disappointing final round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans cost the veteran a chance for his first PGA Tour win in 20 months. It also was an opportunity wasted for Bradley to make a move in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings.

With many of the top Americans on the couch, Bradley had a spot in the final pairing Sunday at TPC Louisiana against a largely inexperienced field. He closed with a 75, though, including a triple bogey on the sixth hole, and tied for eighth. As a result, he was only able to move up one spot - from 19th to 18th - in the Ryder Cup standings while the top nine names remained unchanged.

Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker and Matt Kuchar lead the list of players currently in line to automatically qualify, followed by Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Harris English, Jason Dufner and Phil Mickelson. Zach Johnson remains in 10th, one spot outside of automatic qualification, followed by Chris Kirk and Webb Simpson.

Bradley remains on the outside looking in, but he's hardly alone. Big names like Simpson, Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk are all ranked between 12-18 and currently would not qualify automatically for the team at Gleneagles. Still on the disabled list, world No. 1 Tiger Woods dropped from 47th to 52nd in the U.S. standings.

Players still have the balance of the 2014 season to crack the top nine, while captain Tom Watson will fill out the 12-man squad by making his final three selections.