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Reed squanders Ryder Cup lock; Rose in good shape

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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 look at the players who are vying for one of the 12 spots on the team. Nine players make the squad via their respective points list, and both captain Tom Watson and Paul McGinley will have three wild-card picks.

AMERICANS 

The current top 12 (click here for full list):

1. Bubba Watson, 6,736

2. Jimmy Walker, 5,379

3. Dustin Johnson, 4,844

4. Matt Kuchar, 4,716

5. Jordan Spieth, 4,547

6. Jim Furyk, 4,302

7. Rickie Fowler, 3,831

8. Jason Dufner, 3,466

9. Patrick Reed, 3,257

10. Phil Mickelson, 3,095

11. Chris Kirk, 3,020

12. Harris English, 2,957 

Notes: 

• There was no movement among the top 12 on the points list, but there should have been. Patrick Reed held a two-shot lead after 54 holes at Congressional, but his Sunday 77 not only cost him a shot at his fourth Tour title in 10 ½ months – he also squandered an opportunity to be a virtual lock on the team. Instead, he is still clinging to that No. 9 spot. Because of his polarizing personality, if he doesn’t make the team automatically on points, it wouldn’t be a shock if he’s left at home.

• Brendon Todd continued to inch toward the top 12 with his T-5 at the Quicken Loans, his fifth consecutive top-20 finish on Tour.

• Tiger Woods returned to competition last week, but he wasn’t able to earn any points. This week’s Where-is-Tiger? update: down from No. 67 to No. 69. 

EUROPEANS 

European Points List (top 4 qualify):

1. Victor Dubuisson, 2,477,746

2. Henrik Stenson, 2,366,878

3. Jamie Donaldson, 2,279,461

4. Thomas Bjorn, 2,264,081

5. Martin Kaymer, 1,907,592

6. Ian Poulter, 1,905,382

7. Rory McIlroy, 1,771,417

8. Joost Luiten, 1,515,908

9. Miguel Angel Jimenez, 1,504,340

10. Stephen Gallacher, 1,264,312 

World Points List (top 5):

1. Henrik Stenson, 343

2. Sergio Garcia, 267

3. Rory McIlroy, 253

4. Martin Kaymer, 240

5. Justin Rose, 203

6. Thomas Bjorn, 186

7. Victor Dubuisson, 172

8. Luke Donald, 156

9. Jamie Donaldson, 154

10. Ian Poulter, 147

Notes: 

• There was little doubt that he’d make the team, of course, but reigning FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai champion Henrik Stenson solidified his spot with the playoff loss last weekend at the BMW International Open. He is No. 2 on the European Points List and No. 1 on the World Points List.

• Justin Rose’s victory at the Quicken Loans National propelled him to the No. 5 spot on the World Points List, the cutoff for the automatic qualifiers.

• Last week, reports began to trickle out about the lawsuit between Rory McIlroy and his former management company. Dragged into the proceedings was McIlroy’s usual team partner, Graeme McDowell, and now the awkward possibility exists of a team room with two players in the midst of a lawsuit. First, though, G-Mac has to make the team – he is No. 22 on the European Points List and No. 16 on the World Points List with about 2 ½ months to play.