Fowler, Furyk solidify spots on Ryder Cup team


Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk both came up short at Royal Liverpool in their quest for the claret jug, but the duo can take solace knowing their high finishes clinched returns to Europe later this year for the Ryder Cup.

Fowler, who notched his third top-five finish in a major this year and second straight T-2 result at a major, jumped from seventh to third on the U.S. points list and can now book his ticket to Gleneagles in September. Furyk moved from sixth to fourth in the standings after his fourth-place showing in Hoylake and is now in line to represent the U.S. at the Ryder Cup for the ninth consecutive time, having last missed the event in 1995.

Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker retained the top spots in the U.S. standings following the Open Championship, while Dustin Johnson fell from No. 3 to No. 5 despite his T-12 result. Jordan Spieth dropped from fifth to sixth, with Matt Kuchar only 17 points behind him in seventh. The two American "bubble boys" did not change position this week, as Jason Dufner remains No. 8 while Zach Johnson held on to the No. 9 slot.

With the top nine players automatically qualifying for the squad, Patrick Reed is on the outside looking in at No. 10, followed by Phil Mickelson, Brendon Todd, Chris Kirk, Ryan Moore and Webb Simpson. Other notable names who would need a captain's pick at this point include Keegan Bradley (16th), Bill Haas (27th), Brandt Snedeker (28th), Hunter Mahan (34th) and Steve Stricker (39th).

After his 69th-place finish at Royal Liverpool, Tiger Woods moved from No. 72 to No. 70 in the standings.

Players have three weeks left to earn points, with one point offered per $1,000 earned at the RBC Canadian Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and two points per $1,000 at the PGA Championship. The top nine spots will be decided at Valhalla, with U.S. captain Tom Watson adding his three captain's picks following the Deutsche Bank Championship in early September.

The Ryder Cup will be held Sept. 26-28 in Perthshire, Scotland.