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Furyk back on Ryder Cup radar after Quail Hollow

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This could be the most hotly contested Ryder Cup ever – and we’re talking about just making the team.

So, each Monday, GolfChannel.com will take a way-too-early look at the players who are vying for one of the 12 spots on the team. Nine players make their squad via their respective points list, and both captain Tom Watson and Paul McGinley will have three wild-card picks apiece. 

AMERICANS 

The current top 12:

1. Bubba Watson, 6,258

2. Jimmy Walker, 4,459

3. Matt Kuchar, 3,925

4. Dustin Johnson, 3,759

5. Jordan Spieth, 3,548

6. Patrick Reed, 3,038

7. Jim Furyk, 2,829 

8. Phil Mickelson, 2,821

9. Zach Johnson, 2,717 

10. Harris English, 2,680

11. Jason Dufner, 2,668

12. Chris Kirk, 2,338 

Notes: 

• Quail Hollow winner J.B. Holmes jumped from No. 62 to No. 18 after his first victory since 2008. He was part of the victorious 2008 Ryder Cup team.

• Jim Furyk, who finished second in Charlotte, jumped from 17th to seventh in the latest points list. At last year’s Presidents Cup, he missed his first team competition since 1997.

• PGA champion Jason Dufner continues to tumble down the rankings. This week, he dropped from No. 8 to No. 11.

• This week’s Where is Tiger? ranking: down from No. 52 to No. 55.


EUROPEANS 

European Points List (top 4 qualify) 

1. Victor Dubuisson, 2,297,434

2. Jamie Donaldson, 2,165,473

3. Thomas Bjorn, 1,932,606

4. Henrik Stenson, 1,802,457

5. Ian Poulter, 1,771,978

6. Joost Luiten, 1,300,177 

7. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 1,254,874 

8. Sergio Garcia, 1,186,966

9. Miguel Angel Jimenez, 1,164,953

10. Francesco Molinari, 1,050,800

World Points List (top 5)

1. Henrik Stenson, 282 

2. Sergio Garcia, 203 

3. Rory McIlroy, 157

4. Thomas Bjorn, 154

5. Victor Dubuisson, 150

6. Jamie Donaldson, 140 

7. Luke Donald, 130

8. Ian Poulter, 129 

9. Justin Rose, 108

10. Miguel Angel Jimenez, 99