Ryder watch list: DJ's absence creates shakeups


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 apiece.

This is the final week of qualifying for the U.S. side. Points are double this week (for every $1,000 earned) at the PGA. (Click for full U.S. team standings)   


The current top 12: 

1. Bubba Watson, 6,892

2. Jim Furyk, 5,972

3. Jimmy Walker, 5,585

4. Rickie Fowler, 5,573

5. Matt Kuchar, 5,114

6. Jordan Spieth, 4,835

7. Patrick Reed, 3,609

8. Jason Dufner, 3,559

9. Zach Johnson, 3,532

10. Phil Mickelson, 3,350

11. Keegan Bradley, 3,324

12. Brendon Todd, 3,307


• Dustin Johnson would be No. 5 on the list, but he has already informed PGA officials that he will not compete in either this week’s PGA Championship or next month’s Ryder Cup. 

• DJ’s absence was Patrick Reed’s gain. With one more spot available, Reed took full advantage with a T-4 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to nearly lock up an automatic spot. It was his first non-victory top 10 of the season.

• Phil Mickelson’s closing 62 also gave him some much-needed momentum heading into the PGA. He is now 182 points behind Zach Johnson for the ninth and final automatic spot, but with double points this week another good performance might make Tom Watson’s job a whole lot easier.

• Keegan Bradley’s T-4 finish at Bridgestone moved the 2012 Ryder Cupper from No. 16 to No. 12 in points. After Bradley, the next three players on the list are Brendon Todd, Ryan Moore and Chris Kirk.

Tiger Woods (No. 69, in Johnson's absence) reinjured his back Sunday at Firestone, and it is unclear whether he will even be fit enough to compete in the Ryder Cup, should he be selected as a wild-card pick.


European Points List (top 4 qualify)

1. Rory McIlroy, 4,190,878

2. Victor Dubuisson, 2,683,488

3. Sergio Garcia, 2,505,997

4. Henrik Stenson, 2,459,793

5. Jamie Donaldson, 2,446,864

6. Thomas Bjorn, 2,423,825

7. Justin Rose, 2,075,500

8. Martin Kaymer, 2,004,167

9. Ian Poulter, 1,947,113

10. Graeme McDowell, 1,649,136 

World Points List (top 5)

1. Rory McIlroy, 434

2. Sergio Garcia, 363

3. Henrik Stenson, 352

4. Justin Rose, 278

5. Martin Kaymer, 247

6. Thomas Bjorn, 200

7. Victor Dubuisson, 190

8. Graeme McDowell, 166

9. Jamie Donaldson, 165

10. Luke Donald, 164


• Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia are 1-2 on the World Points List, after they went 1-2 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Their friendship and on-course chemistry is apparent, and we may be looking at a new European power team. 

• Graeme McDowell’s fifth consecutive top-10 finish put him in position to earn one of the automatic spots on the team. He is now No. 8 on the World Points List, but only one point ahead of Jamie Donaldson and two clear of Luke Donald.

• Among the players who would need a pick to make the team: Ian Poulter, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Stephen Gallacher, Lee Westwood and Jonas Blixt.